Tobacco 21 is a grassroots movement that seeks to raise the minimum legal age of sale for ALL tobacco products from 18 to 21. #UpTheAgePA!

About Tobacco 21

What is Tobacco 21?

Tobacco 21 is the initiative moving to raise the legal age of sale for ALL tobacco products from 18 to 21. To learn more about Tobacco 21, take a look at our Advocacy Toolkit.

What is the Regional Tobacco 21 Campaign?

Tobacco prevention youth groups from Pennsylvania (TRU), West Virginia (RAZE) and Maryland are working together to increase the legal age of sale for ALL tobacco products from 18 to 21 in each state.

How was this accomplished?

Teens across the three states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia learned more about the Tobacco 21 movement and were able to empower and engage their peers through various events such as the Tobacco 21 Leadership Summit, Tobacco 21 Uprising activities, and social media engagement.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about this youth-led initiative, visit our group Tobacco 21 website at: uptheage.com.

How can I get involved?

Join us in educating others about the importance of Tobacco 21 by sharing this information on social media using the hashtag #UpTheAgePA to start a social media storm and tag us @TRUinPA!

Tobacco 21 Kickoff Event

Youth ambassadors from across the three states of PA, WV and MD worked together to increase awareness about Tobacco 21 and why it’s so important to raise the legal age of all for all tobacco products from 18 to 21. On September 29-30, 2018, we held our first Tobacco 21 Kickoff event at Wisp Resort in Maryland, hosting a total of 12 leaders from PA, WV and MD! At this kickoff event, the youth ambassadors were trained to learn how they can become great advocates for Tobacco 21 in their communities! As the forefront of this campaign, the Tobacco 21 Youth Ambassadors collaborated to increase awareness and educate others about Tobacco 21 through several “Uprisings”! These uprisings included activities such as social media videos and postcard petitions!

Thanks to their efforts, Tobacco 21 legislation was introduced in West Virginia, a Tobacco 21 bill has been introduced and currently moving in Pennsylvania legislation, and last but not least, Maryland passed Tobacco 21 and the law will go into effect as of October 2019!


Tobacco 21 Victories


Eighteen states have raised the age. Will Pennsylvania be next?


174,319,422 Americans are protected by Tobacco 21 legislation.

Tobacco 21 Victories courtesy Tobacco21.org.


485 plus cities and counties have raised the age to 21.