ACS CAN Supports Measure to Protect Delaware’s Young People from the Dangers of Tobacco

March 6, 2019

DOVER, DE – March 5, 2019 – Governor Carney today announced his support for legislation (Senate Bill No. 25) that would raise the age of for sale of tobacco products to 21 from the current age of 18.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Delaware Government Relations Director Jeanne Chiquoine released the following statement:

“Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death nationwide. In Delaware it is estimated that 1,400 adults die from smoking every year. There are 17,000 children in Delaware who are alive now that will die prematurely due to smoking-related disease. It is the single largest preventable cause of death. The annual health care costs in Delaware directly caused by smoking are $532 million. 

“Increasing the sale age for tobacco products to 21, or Tobacco 21, is a promising intervention worthy of discussion as a complimentary part of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy. We urge both houses of the legislature to pass this legislation.

“We thank Governor Carney and bill sponsor Townsend for their support and look forward to working with our leaders to save lives and protect the health of Delaware’s young people.”

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