A new national survey finds a majority of Americans favor raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco.
The survey found more support for increasing the age to 21, rather than 19 or 20.
Support “seems to cross political lines, and it is one policy measure that the majority of those surveyed can agree on,” said lead researcher Dr. Adam Goldstein of the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The survey included more than 4,800 adults, HealthDay reports.
A majority of people in all regions of the nation favored the idea of raising the legal age to purchase tobacco. About 73 percent of people in a four-state region in the South that included Texas and Louisiana favored the proposal, as did 59 percent of people in a seven-state Midwestern region that included Iowa and Kansas.
In the South Atlantic region, which included North Carolina, seven other states and the District...
This week Cleveland joined the list of more than 100 U.S. cities that have raised the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.
Other cities on the list include New York and Kansas City. Hawaii raised the legal smoking age to 21 this summer.
More than 80 communities in Massachusetts have raised the legal age to 21, although the state requirement to purchase cigarettes is 18, Cleveland.com reports.
There have been no legal challenges to the changes in Massachusetts so far, the article notes.
In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics called on the U.S. government to raise the legal smoking age to 21 for both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.Earlier that month, 10 U.S. senators proposed raising the nationwide smoking age to 21. The Tobacco to 21 Act would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure compliance.
The legal age to purchase tobacco is 19 in Alabama,...