Dr. Manny: Why raising the legal smoking age won’t be a quick fix

March 13, 2015 7:56 PM

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Is having more regulations counterproductive to getting better health results? I ask this question only because it seems that in order to improve behavior— and especially when it comes to health care topics— more proposals are being put in place to regulate different things in our society, including cigarettes and alcohol.

Now, I’m not saying that those proposals are wrong, but they’re certainly confusing, especially since I don’t think the data is showing adequate results. Smoking rates among high school seniors have fallen from almost 30 percent in 1975 to less than 7.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of H...

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