Fact Friday: Purchasing Age of Tobacco

Fact: Tobacco sales to minors, 17 years and younger, dropped in California last year after a change in the law raised the minimum purchasing age of tobacco from 18 to 21.

Researchers sent youth decoys — teens under 18– into tobacco retailers to try and buy cigarettes. Before the change in the law, decoys were able to walk out of 10.3%, 1 out of 10 stores with cigarettes. In the seven months after the law change in CA, that number dropped by almost half to 5.7%.

CA tobacco prevention specialists, and lawmakers are applauding the change in the purchasing age of tobacco, calling it a huge step in the right direction.

You can read the full report here

Fact Friday: Snowshoes are 6,000 years old.

Fact: Snowshoes have been around for almost 6,000 years.

They were first invented in central Asia as a means moving through heavy snow quickly to help hunt for food. The earliest designs were modeled after the paw of the Snowshoe hare seen below.

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Holy cow, look at the size of those feet! CC 3.0 D. Gordon E. Robertson

Recreational Snowshoeing, on the other hand, has only been around since the late 19th century. It’s grown into quite the sport, and this week the U.S. National Snowshoe Championships are coming to Woodford, VT. (Pretty neat, huh.)