Raising legal smoking age to 21 will save 'millions of lost life years' for today's children Medical News Today

March 13, 2015 3:04 PM

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Raising legal smoking age to 21 will save 'millions of lost life years' for today's children Medical News Today

The report notes that over the past half a century, there have been an estimated 8 million fewer premature deaths thanks to increased tobacco control efforts in the US. More than 40 million Americans still smoke, however.

Currently, the minimum age of legal access (MLA) for tobacco products is set at 18 years for most states. Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah have an MLA of 19 years, however. Some localities - such as New York City - have raised it to 21.

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