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Physician leading Tobacco 21 initiative to discuss raising smoking age

The family medicine physician behind the effort to increase the minimum legal age to buy tobacco products in cities across Ohio will give a free public talk 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the auditorium at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee.

Dr. Rob Crane, president and founder of Preventing Tobacco Addiction, will discuss the importance of raising the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21.

Crane, who also serves as clinical professor of family medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, will discuss how to advocate with city councils and persuade members that banning tobacco sales to people under 21 is important for the health of young people. He plans to explain how other Ohio communities have passed new laws. Across the country, more than 100 cities and the state of Hawaii have already passed similar legislation.

The event is sponsored by The University of Toledo Center for Health and Successful Living, the Northwest Ohio Tobacco Prevention Coalition, St. Luke’s Hospital and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Media Coverage
The Blade (April 4, 2016)
13 ABC (April 15, 2016)


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