Ann Arbor is the first city in Michigan to join the Tobacco 21 initiative. Which means, as of January 1st, if you are under 21, and live in Ann Arbor you can not purchase cigarettes.

Michiganradio.org reported that...

"A local law banning retailers in Ann Arbor from selling cigarettes to those under age 21 takes effect January 1. The local law restricts retailers from selling tobacco to people under 21 but it doesn’t target 18 to 21 year olds for possessing cigarettes."

The article went on to say..

"Ann Arbor leaders call tobacco use among University of Michigan undergrads and teens a “significant” public health concern. Around 1 in 10 high school students in Washtenaw County says they’ve smoked cigarettes."

 

Some Of The States That Have Banned The sale of Tobacco To Anyone Under 21 In Their Cities and Communities...

  • Hawaii
  • California
  • New York City
  • Boston
  • Chicago

The American Lung Association found that...

"In 2015, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine, released a report that found that increasing the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to at least 21 years old would significantly reduce youth tobacco use and save thousands of lives"

Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association stated...

"Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States, and most adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21."

And this the start of banning tobacco for anyone under 21 years of age.  Muskegon County officials supported a resolution asking lawmakers to increase the age to 21 STATEWIDE!