ACC Applauds Congress for Including Tobacco 21 in the Latest Year-End Spending Package

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 202-375-6472

WASHINGTON (Dec 19, 2019) -

American College of Cardiology President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, made the following statement on the inclusion of a Tobacco 21 provision in the Fiscal Year 2020 Domestic Priorities and International Assistance appropriations minibus (H.R. 1865) legislation passed in Congress today:

"The American College of Cardiology is celebrating a major leap forward in the fight against tobacco use among young people. In passing Tobacco 21 and raising the age to legally buy tobacco and nicotine products to 21 years old, America is finally drawing a line in the sand on this critical public health issue and protecting the well-being of our youth. Smoking is the most preventable cause of early death in the United States and the second leading cause of heart disease, yet the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Use Survey found 31.2% of high school students reported current use of a tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. The ACC stands with Congress, the House of Medicine and all stakeholders in the fight against tobacco use by utilizing all available resources to end the youth tobacco epidemic."

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