Policies to reduce demand for commercial tobacco products have been effective but are not intended to end the nicotine epidemic. It is time to implement policies that phase out the sale of commercial tobacco & nicotine products.
Policy Action for a Nicotine-Free Generation
The first Nicotine-Free Generation law was enacted and implemented in Brookline, Massachusetts. The tobacco industry's attempted lawsuit to challenge this law was promptly dismissed by the court.
New Zealand passed and implemented a Tobacco-Free Generation law. This policy is under consideration in the European Union, Malaysia, Singapore, Ireland, Denmark, France, Spain, Canada and many U.S. communities.
Would you like to share your support or your organization's support for a Nicotine-Free Generation ordinance in Saint Paul? Please fill out this 2023 Saint Paul Nicotine-Free Generation Sign-On Form.
Under a nicotine-free generation policy, retailers will be able to maintain their current base of customers who are legally able purchase tobacco. Customers who are already 21 on the determined date will not be impacted by the policy.
This policy will prevent retailers and the tobacco industry from recruiting new, young customers since people who are under 21 on the determined date will never be able to legally purchase tobacco.