Urge Idaho Senate to Vote Yes

Urge Idaho Senate to Vote Yes

Idaho State Capitol

Urge the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee to Vote in Favor of S.B. 1106, Tobacco 21

What are you asking me to do and how long will it take?

We are inviting you to send an electronic letter to the members of the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee urging them to vote “yes” on S.B. 1106, raising the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products—including eCigarettes—to the age of 21 in Idaho. 2 of our partners, Saint Alphonsus and Trinity Health, have joined to advance Tobacco 21 legislation to save lives and improve community health and wellbeing.

Because we have an eAdvocacy system, your letters can be sent directly to your legislator with a few clicks of the mouse. You can complete the entire process within two minutes. Get started now.

Two-Step Process…When filling out the relevant information about yourself—including your home address—and after hitting submit, you will be taken to the actual letter where you can review and finalize the copy prior to your submission.

Does my email letter really matter?

Elected officials pay close attention to email communications from constituents (yes, you!). Your message will educate your elected officials about the issue and explain why you feel he/she should take action. As one of many similar Tobacco 21 messages from concerned residents in Idaho, it can greatly impact your legislator’s decision to vote “yes” on this bill. If you are not much of a writer, don’t worry; we’ve prepared a note that you can review. Although not necessary, we encourage you to make your message more impactful by editing and adding a personal or professional story.

We elect the government that makes the rules and regulations under which we all live and work. Let your voice be heard, lead the way and take action today.

What are you asking me to write about? What are the details of these legislative issues?

The prestigious Institute of Medicine concluded that raising the tobacco age to 21 would significantly reduce smoking among youth and young adults; reduce smoking-caused deaths; and immediately improve the health of youth, young adults and young mothers. Each year tobacco kills 480,000 Americans, including 1,800 Idahoans, most of whom stated using tobacco before age 21. Each year, 1,400 Idaho youth become new regular daily smokers, of whom one-third will die prematurely due to this addiction. With that said, approximately 30,000 Idaho kids now under the age of 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking if we continue on our current course.

Despite laws and legal settlements, tobacco companies still spend $9.6 billion per year to market to America’s youth, resulting in Idaho kids purchasing or smoking 2.3 million packs of cigarettes each year. The ages of 18–21 are a crucial period, in which tobacco interest goes from experimental to daily and habit-forming use; 95 percent of current smokers report that they started using tobacco before age 21. If young people can reach the age of 21 as non-smokers they—almost certainly—never will become smokers.

Lead the Way across Idaho, contact members of the Senate State Affairs Committee now and ask them to vote in favor of S.B. 1106, Tobacco 21. Go to the Trinity Health Take Action site to let your voice be heard.