Many organizations support raising the minimum legal age for buying tobacco to 21. This page lists some of them.
|The American parent organization, Tobacco21.org
“Age 21 reduces initiation in younger kids and inhibits consolidation of addiction in older teens.”
“Raising the minimum legal sale age to 21 has the potential to be an effective strategy to reduce tobacco use among young people by preventing more of them from ever picking up the habit.”
“Raising the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products to 21 is a promising strategy to reduce smoking and other tobacco use among youth and save lives. A 21 sale age complements other strategies to reduce tobacco use, including higher tobacco taxes, strong smoke-free laws that include all workplaces and public places, and well-funded, sustained tobacco prevention and cessation programs.”
|Institute of Medicine Report:
“…raising the MLA will reduce tobacco use initiation, particularly among adolescents 15 to 17 years of age; improve the health of Americans across the lifespan; and save lives.”
|“The American Lung Association supports increasing the minimum age of sale of tobacco products. This new report from the IOM provides important evidence and shows that states and local communities should consider increasing the minimum age of sale for tobacco products as a potential policy to reduce youth tobacco use”|
|“Raising the minimum legal age of buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 or higher could save lives by delaying, and even preventing, a significant number of adolescents from ever taking their first puff.”|
|“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supports raising the minimum age for sale of all tobacco products to age 21. Raising the minimum sale age to 21 … has the potential to reduce youth and young adult initiation.”|
|“The AAP now strongly recommends the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, should be increased to age 21 nationwide.”|
The most compelling argument for taking tobacco to age 21 comes from the tobacco industry itself: “Raising the legal minimum age for cigarette purchase to 21 could gut our key young adult market (17-20) where we sell about 25 billion cigarettes.” They know their markets; it’s time we listened.