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Title: Keep Our Youth Safe – CARD

By Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP, Director, Department of Health and Human Services

With prom season upon us, it is particularly important that adults do their part to reduce youth access to alcohol and tobacco. The responsibility falls on our entire community to help ensure that our children have long, healthy lives.

The vast majority of current smokers started in their teens, and studies have shown that tobacco is a gateway to using other substances and engaging in high-risk behavior. Nicotine is highly addictive and the carcinogens cause cancer and a host of other health conditions.

Underage drinking also poses many risks, both social and health-related. The greater risks to health include higher incidence of traffic accidents, impaired judgment that can lead to illegal drug use and even death. Youth are at risk for restricted development of their brains, bones and organs when they drink alcohol. Youth who drink alcohol also are at increased risk for academic underachievement.

The best way to prevent youth from using alcohol and tobacco is to ensure that they do not have access to them.

I urge retailers to CARD everyone.

Check their ID.

Act Responsibly by actually reading the ID and verifying the birthdate. When you realize the youth is not of age, Don’t sell.

For information on quit smoking classes or substance use prevention services and resources, call 410-88-REACH (410-887-3224).

Keywords: alcohol, health, show id, tobacco

 
 
Revised September 11, 2017