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In Healdsburg, Tobacco Gets the Booze Treatment

“I practiced medicine in Healdsburg for 38 years, but this law will save more lives than I did in my entire career.”

 

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This January, Healdsburg became the first city in California to ban the sale of tobacco products to people under 21. David Anderson, a 73-year-old retired doctor, convinced the city council to pass the law by pointing to the results achieved in Needham, Massachusetts, which in 2005 became the first town in the United States to raise the age limit for cigarettes from the standard 18.

Since Needham passed its law, its adult smoking rate has fallen 56 percent below the state average, and 52 towns in Massachusetts have followed suit. Something similar could happen in California, where there’s a state bill to raise the purchase age to 21. Research shows that if passed nationally, such a measure would result in 223,000 fewer premature deaths and 50,000 fewer lung cancer deaths and reduce the number of teens who start smoking by at least 15 percent.

“I practiced medicine in Healdsburg for 38 years,” says Anderson. “but this law will save more lives than I did in my entire career.”

 

Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco

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