Raising the legal age for sale of tobacco would keep teens from smoking, panel says

March 12, 2015 4:41 PM

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Raising the age for sale of tobacco across the United States could prevent substantial numbers of teenagers from beginning a smoking habit, an influential panel of scientists reported Thursday.

The panel said a legal minimum age of 21 for access to tobacco would have the most impact, especially on 15- to 17-year-olds, who often start the habit when influenced by friends or relatives. The researchers from the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, said se...

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