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Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Nov 16;14:E112. doi: 10.5888/pcd14.170255.

Should the Legal Age for Tobacco Be Raised? Results From a National Sample of Adolescents.

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1
Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 170 Rosenau Hall, CB #7440, 135 Dauer Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7440. Email: kowitt@email.unc.edu.
2
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
3
Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
4
Counter Tools, Carrboro, North Carolina.
5
Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Abstract

Raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products may reduce smoking initiation and save lives. In a national telephone survey (2014-2015), US adolescents aged 13 to 17 years (N = 1,125; response rate, 66%) were asked about raising the age of legal access to tobacco products and randomized to hear one of 3 ages (19, 20, or 21 y). Most adolescents, across all US regions, favored raising the minimum age of legal access to 19 (75.7%), 20 (80.6%), or 21 (76.4%). These supportive attitudes may be useful to tobacco prevention and control practitioners who seek to reduce tobacco use among adolescents.

PMID:
29144895
PMCID:
PMC5695643
DOI:
10.5888/pcd14.170255
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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