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Published: 10/3/2019 12:01:18 AM

As a nurse working in New Hampshire, I have great concerns about e-cigarette use amongst children in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire’s youth are our most valuable resource, and we owe it to them to ensure that they are healthy, safe and grow up in an environment where they can achieve their best. One way that we can keep them healthy is to give our youth a fighting chance of not becoming addicted to tobacco and other nicotine-based products, like e-cigarettes. Tobacco remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease in New Hampshire, and we must do all that we can to prevent our kids from being addicted to these deadly products.

Raising the retail sales age for cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 and removing flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from retailer’s shelves are two evidence-based policies I hope New Hampshire lawmakers will support. The focus of these policies is on prevention with the desired goal of having our middle schoolers and high schoolers grow up free from a lifetime addiction to nicotine.

It is time for lawmakers to stand up for our kids and allow them to flourish in the Granite State by being free of addiction. Keeping kids off tobacco and nicotine will save lives.

CINDY TUTTLE

New Boston

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