- September 17, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tobacco remains the leading cause of behavioral death in the nation, yet little has evolved in the way we combat this health issue. Over the last several years a new tobacco control policy, Tobacco 21, has moved quickly through the nation and now covers over 25% of the U.S. population. As a youth prevention policy, Tobacco 21 raises the sale age of tobacco products from 18 to 21. In Missouri, a state not known for leading in tobacco control, 1/3 of the population is covered by the policy. After a brief explanation of the health and economic benefits of Tobacco 21, this session will go in-depth to explain the national landscape of passing this policy at a state and local level, and how communities can work with Missouri state laws to create the strongest local level policies. There will be a detailed discussion of policy components, their importance, and ways to educate decision makers. Bio: Ginny Chadwick began her work on Tobacco 21 as the legislative bill sponsor for the first policy to pass in the state of Missouri in the early stages of national policy adoption. Since sponsoring the bill for Columbia Missouri, Chadwick has successfully worked with youth, advocates and elected officials to raise the age of sale of tobacco from 18 to 21 in communities around the country. Having Masters degrees in Public Health and Journalism, Chadwick also teaches leadership theory in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Missouri and researches tobacco control policies through the Department of Family and Community Medicine.