The typical age to legally buy tobacco products in the United States is currently 18. Since this is the age that we are legally considered adults in this country, it seems fitting that we should be able to buy a pack of cigarettes if we wanted to. Well, some people seem to think that raising the legal age to 21 (much like alcohol) would deter more people from using tobacco, and therefor save lives. A recent report claims that many thousands of lives could be saved each year all across the country, if the laws change.
Study Says Raising Tobacco Age To 21 Could Save Thousands Of Lives
There are already a few places in the US that voluntarily raised the minimum age for Tobacco to 21 years of age. There have been no long term studies conducted yet as to whether this has any impact on the number of tobacco related deaths in these areas. One thing is almost for certain, and that is when it becomes harder to obtain something less people will use it.
At this point, the federal government is not about to step in and declare a new minimum legal age for buying tobacco products, but states certainly could. If each state voluntarily raised the minimum tobacco age, less people from the current generation under 18 years old would pick up the habit. It won’t deter all users, but it would probably have a significant impact
Smoking rates among the younger generation have been on the decline for over a decade. It is now much less common for people under the age of 25 to smoke than 15 years ago. Anti-tobacco campaigns and public education programs taught through schools have helped raise awareness of the dangers of smoking, and also help to make the habit seem less desirable to youth.
Study Says Raising Tobacco Age To 21 Could Save Thousands Of Lives.