Raising age to buy tobacco would save thousands of lives

March 12, 2015 3:03 PM

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Raising the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 would slash the smoking rate and save hundreds of thousands of lives by the end of the century, a new report shows.

Most states today allow people to legally buy cigarettes at age 18. Four states -- Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah -- allow tobacco to be sold only to those 19 and older.

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