Tobacco 21

Tobacco 21 is an initiative to raise the minimum legal sales age of tobacco from 18 to 21 that passed in Alachua County January 22nd, 2019 and is effective as of October 22nd, 2019.

Alachua County is the FIRST community in Florida and the Southeast to adopt this policy.

Raising the age to 21 is one of the most effective things we can do to curb youth smoking. The Institute of Medicine has projected that raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 would:

  • Create a 25% decline in smoking initiation by 15-17 year olds. Tobacco 21 policies are particularly effective on the 15-17 year old demographic because when you make it a bit more difficult for 18-20 year olds to purchase tobacco, you cut access to the social sources of tobacco for the younger kids.
  • Result in a 10% overall drop in smoking prevalence by 2060
  • And a 10% reduction of smoking related deaths in those born since the year 2000