Lawrence Tobacco 21
The Lawrence Tobacco 21 Task Force's goal is to increase the age to sell tobacco from 18 to 21 to help save lives since 9 out of 10 adult smokers start before at 18, and starting young makes it even harder to quite. Tobacco is a leading risk factor for cancer and heart disease, which are the leading causes of death in Douglas County. Five state and more than 270 cities and counties, including 18 in Kansas, have successfully increased the tobacco sales age to 21.
Read more about the initiative in the press release (PDF).