Raising Tobacco Sales Age to 21 Can Significantly Reduce Teen Smoking, Town Finds

The town of Needham, Massachusetts has found raising the tobacco sales age to 21 has significantly reduced the teen smoking rate, according to The New York Times.

In 2005, Needham raised the tobacco sales age, while surrounding communities kept theirs at 18, the article notes. In a newly published study, researchers surveyed 16,000 high school students in Needham and surrounding communities about their smoking habits four times between 2006 and 2012. The number of teens under 18 who purchased cigarettes in Needham dropped from 18.4 percent to 11.6 percent during that period, while in surrounding communities the rate stayed at around 19 percent.

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