Report: Raising Minimum Age to Buy Cigarettes to 21 Would Save Lives

Increasing the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21 would prevent teens from starting to smoke, and would ultimately save lives, according to a new report. The minimum age to buy cigarettes in most parts of the country is 18, Newswise reports.

“The key point is that if people get through adolescence without smoking, it is highly unlikely they will ever start,” co-author Micah Berman, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Law at Ohio State University said in a news release. “The flip side of that is if they do start smoking in adolescence, everything we have learned about teen brain development shows that it will be much harder for them to quit later.”

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