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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

1.28.20

Advanced Youth Facilitation Skills: Two-Day Intensive Workshop

Participate in a two day intensive dive into youth facilitation best practices. In this two-day facilitation workshop, you will fill your toolbox with activities, skills and facilitation strategies intended to grow your practice working
1.30.20

Reducing Stigma and Using Harm Reduction When Working with People Who Use Opioids

The words we choose have an impact. How we talk about drug use and people who use drugs is informed by our preconceived notions and internalized biases. When we use words like “clean,” we necessarily imply that the opposite is
2.6.20

Emerging Best Practices of Youth Prevention: Community Driven Research with Youth

Learn about community-driven research models and their value in creating environmental change. Using these models, develop strategies to directly partner with youth in prevention focused research and build their skills and engagement.