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Contact Your Senator prior to February 15th!

Urge them to SUPPORT SB 545 as introduced


Senate Bill 545 is an act increasing the age for sales and possession of tobacco products.


The sales and possession age would increase, going up from 18 to 21.


SB 545 Text


  • February 15, 2018 - Senate Floor Vote takes place

  • January 30, 2018 - Executive Session, Senate Health and Human Services. Committee members discussed, voted on bill. Committee vote 3-2 with the recommendation Ought To Pass (OTP).
  • January 18, 2018 - Hearing, Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Breathe NH testified in SUPPORT of SB 545.



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Key Points SB 545:


  • Nicotine, found in all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is highly addictive
  • Smoking is harmful to developing lungs and brains
  • 95% of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21
  • Use of tobacco is a major contributor to developing lung cancer
  • Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States
  • Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer

Health Costs

  • 1,900 deaths occur annually in New Hampshire due to smoking
  • $729 million in annual health care costs in New Hampshire are directly caused by smoking
  • $32 billion was spent on COPD-related care by Americans in 2010 and these costs are projected to reach $49 billion in 2020

 Health Impact

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Every 4 minutes, someone dies of COPD
  • Majority of COPD is caused by smoking
  • 8 out of 10 COPD deaths are caused by smoking  


Other Bills of interest this session include: 

  • HB 1812 regulating certain vapor products
  • HB 1811 relative to the New Hampshire health protection program
  • LSR 2956 reforming New Hampshire's Medicaid and Premium Assistance Program
  • HB 1662 requiring radon air testing on all new residential construction
  • HB 1515 an exemption from the combustion ban on construction and demolition debris


Stay tuned for further legislative updates!        


For additional information contact: Kim Coronis, Policy & Program Manager. or 603-669-2411 





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SB 545 Bill Text 

SB 545 Testimony

Why Support SB 545?