The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is helping the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation in reducing the toll of smoking and tobacco use through a preventative effort known as Tobacco 21. Tobacco 21 is raising the legal purchase age of tobacco from 18 to 21. Research indicates that youth who do not attempt tobacco or nicotine products prior to the age of 21 are less likely to start and adopt this addicting and dangerous habit.

According to the 2016/2017 Lucas County Community Health Assessment, the age onset of smoking among residents is 12.5 years old. By adopting Tobacco 21, high school seniors that are 18 years old are less likely to provide tobacco products to freshman, sophomores, and juniors.

How can you help?

– Show support in your community (neighborhood blockwatches, schools, daycares, and local businesses)
– Contact local council members via telephone, email, or a letter of support (draft available-please see link on the right)
– Contact the Tobacco Prevention Program at 419.213.4120 for more information
– The Tobacco Prevention Program is willing to go out into the community and present/educate regarding Tobacco 21