Our progress against tobacco is in peril.
In the last 10 years, we’ve worked to create a smoke-free world. We worked toward the passage of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act in 2007, following our success on the Smoke-Free Chicago law in 2005. We educated our legislators on the importance of point-of-sale policy – limiting the ways tobacco companies can advertise in stores.
This year, we raised the tobacco purchase age to 21 – a strategy proven to get cigarettes out of high school social circles and prevent youth smoking.
Together, we’ve shown our government that we want everyone to have access to clean air and be free from Big Tobacco’s lies and predatory marketing.
Yet, as a nation we sit in the middle of a teen vaping epidemic. Despite the vaping industry’s claims of not targeting youth, new investigations show some of the biggest players knowingly tried to addict teens to nicotine. Research now suggests that 1 out of every 4 teenagers has used vaping products.
Parents are concerned. Friends are concerned. Respiratory Health Association is ready to fight.
We will not let vaping turn back our progress. We will do everything we can to prevent a generation of kids from developing dangerous nicotine addiction. RHA is responding to the need in our community.
- Preparing for the upcoming Illinois General Assembly session. We are working with legislators to add e-cigarettes to the Smoke-Free Act of Illinois.
- Collaborating with other health organizations to bring policy forward on banning flavored e-cigarettes.
- Providing vaping presentations for teens at school and developing a presentation for school staff to deliver directly to students.
- Incorporating guidance for quitting vaping into our evidence-based tobacco cessation programs.
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To learn more about electronic cigarettes and how to talk to teens about the risks of vaping, explore our resources.