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‘Tobacco 21’ and nicotine risk to teens

In light of a halt to the decade-long trend of dwindling youth tobacco use, the Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will host a community meeting to explore new strategies on July 16.

During the meeting in The Terrace on the second floor at Evanston Township High School from 4 to 6 p.m., guest speaker Timothy A. Sanborn, M.D., will discuss the political and social factors that put teenagers at risk for lifelong nicotine addictions as well as the emerging Tobacco to 21 movement. 

Dr. Sanborn is the Head of the Division of Cardiology at Northshore University HealthSystem and a member of the City of Evanston Health Department’s Evanston Health Advisory Committee.

Dr. Sanborn is the lead advocate for a new policy movement known as Tobacco to 21.

Rising opposition to increasing taxes and the lack of funding for school programs has prompted interest in an alternative solution to the tobacco crisis — increasing the legal purchasing age of tobacco to 21.

According to the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, “raising access to age 21 puts legal purchases outside the social circle of most high school students,” thereby decreasing overall youth tobacco use. 

The mission of the Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is to increase the health of Evanston youth by addressing and preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs through community-level  strategies.

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