The aim of cigar regulation is to protect youth and young adults from the hazards of tobacco. That makes your voice the most important. You can use that to help make regulation prohibiting the sale of single, cheap cigars and flavored cigars a reality. You can help bring about awareness of the youth cigar problem in a number of ways. For example, you can:
Before you write an OpEd or contact your local delegate or tobacco retailer find out for yourself how bad the tobacco problem is in your community. First, learn the facts about cigar smoking. Next, complete the environmental scan or visit storealert.org to determine how bad the youth tobacco problem is where you live.
Itís your delegateís job to listen to you, so tell him or her what you think about cigar regulation. Write your delegate a letter, call your delegate, or schedule a meeting to discuss the issue. Use the resources below to get started!
You can prevent the sale of tobacco products to youth by contacting your local tobacco retailers. Tell them about the problem and why they shouldnít sell single, flavored cigars.
You may want to use our sample letter or write your own letter to a local tobacco retailer. You can also send similar letters to other places your community where people will see them, such as school or community newsletters.
You can do something active to reduce the use of tobacco products in your community by planning or taking part in a tobacco-free activity.
For tips on planning a tobacco-free activity visit marylandtrash.com. You can also take part in or organize a kick butts day event. Kick Butts Day is a day that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at more than 2,000 events from coast to coast.
Organizations You Can Become Involved In and Other Helpful Websites:
If you are a smoker and would like to quit you can get help: