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Changes to Tobacco Sales Age:

The federal minimum age for purchasing tobacco products has changed from 18 to 21 as of December 20, 2019. This legislation supersedes the grandfathering clause in Maine law.

Retailers must not sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 effective immediately.

We will work to update our resources and trainings for retailers and their customers to reflect this change.

Any questions can be directed to Devon Dobbins, Tobacco Enforcement Coordinator, Office of the Maine Attorney General at devon.l.dobbins@maine.gov or (207) 626-8574; or the Maine CDC Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control program at tsup.dhhs@maine.gov or (207) 287-4627.

 

Mission

Provide leadership, partnership, and education throughout Maine to reduce and prevent substance misuse, commercial tobacco use, and promote well-being across the lifespan.

Outcomes

The following outcomes are targets measured through the Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention program to be achieved by 2021, not as a percent decrease from the current rate. These are the long-term outcomes that help our state become a healthier Maine. The data sources for most of these outcomes* are two of Maine’s surveillance instruments (BRFSS and MIYHS). Tobacco outcomes are in alignment with, but further, the goals set through Healthy Maine 2020. Alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse results are in alignment with the goals set in the Partnership for Success grant maintained by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services (SAMHS).

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in the Home
20%
Current Alcohol Use 
4%
Current Marijuana Use 
3%
Current Prescription Drug Abuse
2%
Current Tobacco Use 
14%
Current Alcohol Use 
22%
Current Marijuana Use 
19%
Current Prescription Drug Abuse
6%
Current Tobacco Use 
14%
(over 18 years)
Current Alcohol Use 
32%
(18 - 20 years)
Current Marijuana Use
21%
(18 - 25 years)
Current Prescription Drug Abuse
7%
(18 - 25 years)

Events & Training

9.29.20

Maternal and Child Health and Substance Exposed Infant Conference

An educational opportunity to discuss strategies to optimize maternal and child health. Presenters will discuss healthy pregnancy (prenatal and postpartum), healthy infants and children, programs and supports for families and children
10.15.20

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Two-Day Intensive Workshop

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in crisis. Thank you for making time for this two day training. We are excited to work with you all. This
10.28.20

Prevention Professionals Conference

Prevention Professionals Conference is designed to offer Maine's Prevention Community a broad range of learning opportunities. The conference will focus on providing information and resources for the field of tobacco and substance use