Missed Opportunity: What If We Raised the Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco Products?

April 7, 2015 8:48 PM

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Missed Opportunity: What If We Raised the Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco Products?

If you know a certain product has the ability to stunt your growth, cause cancer or even kill you, would you use it? The likely answer is no, yet 40 million Americans continue to smoke today.

A recent report from the Institute of Medicine details the public health implications of raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products. The study found increasing the minimum age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21 could have an astounding impact. It would result in an estimated 12 per...

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