Erika Trapl, PhD, on the impact of raising the age limit to buy tobacco

Cigarette and vaping pen in open hand

Led by Dr. Erika Trapl of the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve University’s Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods conducted a study to evaluate the effectiveness of a policy raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products in Cleveland. Cleveland City Council passed a policy in 2016 to raise that legal age from 18 to 21. The researchers conducted a study looking at tobacco rates in high school students from 2013 to 2019.

According to the research, the legislation—known as Tobacco 21—is already creating a healthier future for Clevelanders. Read the full story in The Daily here.