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Reader's View: Tobacco companies still recruit kids

The Lincoln Park Children’s Family Collaborative visited the state Capitol in St. Paul on May 3 to talk with elected officials about tobacco companies’ efforts to make young people their next customers.

Tobacco companies are using fun packaging and fruity flavors to get new tobacco users. They know a majority of tobacco users start at a young age. That’s why it’s really important to keep talking to our elected officials about keeping tobacco away from kids.

When the collaborative met with Sen. Roger Reinert and Rep. Erik Simonson, we told them about keeping the price of tobacco high and raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 to create a smoke-free generation. Sen. Reinert and Rep. Simonson earned our thanks for taking the time to meet with us and for supporting a smoke-free generation.

Marie Urrutia