Big tobacco, stay away from our schools!
Today, 3,900 children under the age of 18 lit their very first cigarette. At least 950 of those children will become regular smokers. They are attracted to the colorful packaging and fun flavors that hide the truth - tobacco kills.
To protect our children, the Chicago City Council passed a new proposal that restricts the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol-flavored cigarettes, within 500 feet of a school. As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign to curb youth smoking, the new ordinance is good news for our children as it prevents Big Tobacco from enticing and capturing children in the very places they should be nurtured and cared for - school zones. Read more.