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TKFC Launches 2019 Legislative Campaign
We are excited to announce the campaign for the 2019 Legislative Session “Raise the Age KS”, which will focus on raising the minimum age of tobacco purchase for all of Kansas to 21!
Our successful passage of a Kansas T21 law depends upon local action by experts like you. Our goal is to garner support from you and your organization in a way that you feel most comfortable and will have the most impact. We do not need every supporter to act as a lobbyist at the Capitol. The many facets of policy change require a variety of skill sets that are just as vital to our efforts, including:
- Data Collection: Assist with access to and analysis of the local and state data.
- Outreach: Help grow our network of partners through recruitment and connections, identifying local influencers, disseminating information, convening coalition meetings/trainings and educating the community.
- Communications: Help develop and distribute messages to stakeholders, serve as a local spokesperson, assist with local letters to the editor submissions, and share & create social media messages.
- Advocacy: Participate in conversations with elected/appointed, submit written testimony and/or give verbal testimony before elected officials, respond to calls to action, and participate in lobby days and advocacy trainings.
- Regional Coordinator: Oversee the completion of the roles and tasks outlined above in your region of the state: NE, NC, NW, SE, SC, SW, Johnson County and report to the statewide coalition.
Email TFKC today to get involved!
Raise the Age KS - Talking Points
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What will Raise the Age KS do?
- Raise The Age KS is a statewide effort led by the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition and diverse health leaders across Kansas to decrease youth tobacco use by increasing the age of sale for all tobacco products to 21. This change would apply to retail sellers, internet sellers, mail order, and vending machines.
Why are we doing this?
- Tobacco use is STILL the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. 95% of current smokers started before 21 and each year, 1200 Kansas youth and young adults become daily smokers. Adolescent brains are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of nicotine, effecting the youth’s brain stronger and more rapidly. This makes it harder for youth to quit.
- E-cigarette use among high school students has exploded in recent years - In KS 34.8% of high school students report ever using an electronic vapor product. These products have high Nicotine content and fun flavors which makes them particularly attractive and addictive to youth and young adults.
- The only way to end youth nicotine and tobacco addiction is to prevent youth from starting in the first place. This is what T21 is all about.
What kind of products will this apply to?
- Raises the Age will apply to the selling of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products (OTPs)
What are Other Tobacco Products (OTPs)?
- Think of the products that are used in your community that aren’t cigarettes or e-cigarettes. This category includes cigars, little cigars (like Swisher Sweets or Black and Mild), hookah, and chewing tobacco. This is a very diverse category of products and includes tobacco that is flavored.
Vaping has increased so much in the last few years, maybe we should focus on changing e-cigarettes to T21. Why is this “tobacco” 21?
- All tobacco products are addictive and harmful to the health of young people. If we don’t include all products in Tobacco 21, youth will be incentivized to use the products that weren’t included.
Does Tobacco 21 hurt business?
- 18-20 year-olds comprise only 2 percent of tobacco sales. There is no data indicating that retailers are going out of business or not going into areas with T 21 ordinances in Kansas. In fact, there is data to show that convenience store profit trends in Kansas City has steadily increased at the same rate for the two years before and after they passed T21.
What Kansas communities already have Tobacco 21?
- 20+ communities including: Kansas City, Iola, Garden City, Parsons, Holcomb, Lansing, Leavenworth, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission Hills, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Westwood, Westwood Hills, Finney County, Shawnee County, Douglas County, and Johnson County.
Show Support for Raise the Age KS
Top Ways to Show Support for Raise the Age KS:
- Complete and send us the Individual Support form.
- Complete and send us the Organizational Support form.
- Email TFKC and let us know what role you want to serve for the campaign.
- Like TFKC on Facebook for advocacy alerts.
- Like, Share, and comment on TFKC social media posts on your personal and coalition/organizational Facebook pages.
- Read, share, and act on emails and advocacy alerts from TFKC.
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