Raising legal smoking age to 21 'would cut cigarette consumption'

March 12, 2015 9:46 PM

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Raising legal smoking age to 21 'would cut cigarette consumption'

If people could not get cigarettes until the age of 21, lives would be saved because fewer people would start smoking, said a report by the Institute of Medicine.

Most smokers begin their habit when they are young. Some 90 percent of smokers say they first tried a cigarette by the time they turned 19, and nearly all the rest experimented by the age of 26.

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