RAI Services Company‘s public affairs department advocates for legislation that strengthens youth tobacco prevention laws across the United States. We believe all states should have comprehensive laws covering youth tobacco prevention. For more on our engagement strategy, visit Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality.
Our current legislative priorities include:
- No purchase, possession or use of tobacco by youth: RAI supports efforts to keep tobacco products out of the hands of youth. All states have laws preventing the sale of tobacco to minors, and RAI is committed to work with elected officials, the trade and other stakeholders on programs to prevent access and use by youth;
- No youth purchase, possession or use of vapor products: At year-end 2015, 47 states have acted either legislatively or administratively to keep vapor products out of the hands of minors. We support legislation to enact age restrictions and strengthen prohibitions on purchase, possession and use of vapor products by youth. We believe all 50 states should have regulations prohibiting minors’ purchase and use of all tobacco products, including vapor products;
- Penalties for complicit adults: According to the CDC, minors get their tobacco products from social sources such as complicit adults, rather than retail outlets, 87.4 percent of the time. Many states have laws penalizing complicit adults, but they can and should go further. RAI advocates for legislation on par with, or more stringent than, states’ Social Host laws for furnishing alcohol to minors;
- No tobacco possession on school grounds: RAI and its operating companies support the complete ban on the use and possession of tobacco products and vapor products on school grounds, including by adults. We support legislation to keep tobacco products out of our children’s schools, such as the language adopted by Arizona in which “tobacco products are prohibited on school grounds, inside school buildings, in school parking lots or playing fields, in school buses or vehicles, or at off-campus school sponsored events.”
Read more on our engagements in 2015.