Olmsted County Tobacco 21 (T21) Coalition
We are a coalition of people and organizations in Olmsted County dedicated to reducing the harm caused by tobacco. We share the common goal of increasing the tobacco sales age to 21 because:
- 95% of adult smokers started before the age of 21. Raising the tobacco age will prevent youth from starting to use tobacco and stop 30,000 Minnesota kids from becoming smokers over the next 15 years.
- Cigarette smoking remains the largest cause of disability, death and preventable disease in Minnesota, killing more than 6,300 residents each year.
- Smoking hurts our economy and is a burden for businesses, annually costing Minnesota more than $3 billion in excess health care costs and $4 billion in lost worker productivity.
- For the first time in 17 years, youth tobacco use has increased in Minnesota fueled by an increase in e-cigarette use.
- Eighteen percent of high school students report purchasing e-cigarettes directly from retail stores.