Bill in General Assembly could raise smoking age to 21 in NC The bill would not affect current 18-year-oldsJordyn Connell | Published 3 hours ago Students smoke and converse around the flagpole on the Lower Quad.
Michael Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State University, said legislators intend for the bill to reduce smoking at a young age by preventing adolescents from accessing tobacco products.
Nearly 80 percent of adult smokers begin smoking by the age of 18, Gramann said, and adolescents are especially vulnerable to nicotine addictions.
“Raising the minimum legal sale age of tobacco to 21 has the potential to significantly reduce the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking,” she said.
“Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and North Carolina,” Gramann said.
according to HARTFORD >> A recently released fiscal note for a bill that would raise the legal age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21 is “wildly inaccurate” according to Tobacco 21 proponents.
A spokeswoman for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association, said the calculations provided by the Office of Fiscal Analysis assume “all smokers between the age of 18 and 21 would immediately quit smoking if this bill were to become law.”That won’t happen.
“As public health advocates, we’d love nothing more than to see that happen, but the reality is, tobacco is an addiction and this legislation will have very little effect on current smokers,” said Jen Daly, a spokeswoman for the group.
State lawmakers urged to increase legal smoking age
BOSTON (WWLP) – Cancer survivors are calling on the state to increase the legal age for buying tobacco to 21.
However, some state lawmakers insist it should be regulated like alcohol and marijuana.
Some state lawmakers believe that raising the buying age will help keep tobacco out of high schools.
More than 100 cancer survivors, teenagers, and their families gathered at the State House, urging lawmakers to support a bill to raise the state smoking age from 18 to 21.
Young adults are a key market for the tobacco industry with 95% of smokers starting before they are 21.
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