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Tobacco 21

The Knowsmoke Coalition and 1 in 21 are collaboratively working together to further reduce smoking rates and promote a smoke-free generation. Raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products to 21 years of age will help reduce smoking rates. Nearly 200 jurisdictions in 14 states have already raised the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products.

In Muskegon County, adolescent smoking rates have been declining. However, adolescent use of e–cigarettes has increased, according to the CDC, over 900% nationwide from 2011 to 2015. In Muskegon County, according to the 2015-2016 Michigan Profile for a Health Youth (MIPHY), 17.5% of youth are using electronic vapor products, which is 10% higher than traditional cigarette use.

Adolescents are more likely to obtain cigarettes from social sources than through commercial transactions, and youth who reported receiving offers of cigarettes from friends were more likely to initiate smoking and progress to experimentation. As a result, raising the tobacco sales age to 21 has been shown to reduce high school smoking by over 50% and will reduce access from social sources.

As a community, we have worked hard to move the needle in the right direction, but our work is not yet done. We will not stop until Muskegon is the healthiest county by the year 2021. To support the Tobacco 21 Resolution of Support, please download and sign the attached resolution and send to: Knowsmoke Coalition, 565 W. Western Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440 or fax to 231-672-8404 or email: powerscl@mercyhealth.com.

Sign the Tobacco 21 Resolution here.

Increase of Tobacco-Buying Age to 21 Proposed to County Commissioners

Muskegon County May Increase Tobacco Age to 21

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May 11, 2017

Freedom From Smoking Classes Offered at Johnson Family Cancer Center

Freedom From Smoking, the leading adult smoking cessation program for over 30 years, shows you how to quit in a safe, supportive environment. You’ll be given the …

Jun 8, 2017

Freedom From Smoking Classes Offered at Johnson Family Cancer Center

Freedom From Smoking, the leading adult smoking cessation program for over 30 years, shows you how to quit in a safe, supportive environment. You’ll be given the …

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Sarah De La Rosa

Case Manager at Mediation & Restorative Services

Sarah is passionate about reducing substance abuse among youth and young adults and is a member of ALI, part of the Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County.

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See the Results of Kick Butts Day 2017

Kick Butts Day, organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is a national day created for youth to take control of their lives against Big Tobacco. The …

Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants - Letters of Intent Due March 15th 5:00PM

The Project Advisory Board is requesting proposals for the FY18 Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants. The Community Benefit Board Initiative Grants are awarded yearly to organizations for …

Sr. Simone Courtade Grant Application Now Available - Letters of Intent Due March 13th

Sister Simone Courtade Grant Program was created by the Sisters of Mercy to support, strengthen and sustain our organizational Mission in the community. The specific intent of …

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Cyndi Powers

Lakeshore Lung Program Coordinator

Cyndi has worked to reduce smoking rates in Muskegon County for 12 years.

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