American Heart Association Supports Gov. Holcomb’s Call to Raise Age of Tobacco Purchase to 21

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The American Heart Association supports Gov. Holcomb’s call to raise age of tobacco purchase to 21

The following statement can be attributed to Dr. William Gill, president of the American Heart Association board of directors in Indianapolis:

Dr. William Gill President of the American Heart Association

“The American Heart Association applauds Gov. Holcomb for making the health of our youth a priority. Nearly 90 percent of smokers first try tobacco and become addicted by age 18. In addition, we’ve seen a 78 percent increase in the use of e-cigarettes among high school students in just one year, leading to addiction, health problems and a future filled with chronic disease. By raising the minimum sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco, we can reduce tobacco use, nicotine addiction, and tobacco-related disease and death. We look forward to working with Indiana lawmakers during this session to protect our kids from the burden of tobacco.”