Both of our speakers today cited the release of the IOM Consensus Document, "Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products" as a watershed moment in defining their work and building support for their efforts. Among other things, the report suggested that, based on modeling, raising the minimum age of legal access (MLA) to tobacco products will likely lead to substantial reductions in smoking-related mortality. The report suggests that if the MLA were raised now to 21 nationwide, there would be approximately 223,000 fewer premature deaths, 50,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer, and 4.2 million fewer years of life lost for those born between 2000 and 2019.
It was a delight to welcome Rafael Meza and Jamie Tam from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Jessica Yamauchi and Lila Johnson of the Hawai'i21 campaign. All of our speakers had compelling stories of the power of modeling to articulate key messages as well as the often-serendipitous aspects of policy implementation.
We would love to hear your experiences, key takeaways and lessons learned in implementing evidence-based tobacco control policies.