According to new research, nearly two-thirds of U.S. teens support raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years old. Specifically, kids from 11 to 18 were asked if they supported the Tobacco 21 initiative — a program through the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation that strives to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases. “Current studies have focused on the attitudes of adults, and little is known about how youth nationwide perceive the Tobacco 21 initiative…” said study author Hongying Dai. The reasons for increasing the age to 21 are largely scientific. Kids are at the greatest risk of becoming smokers, and smokers almost always begin experimenting with cigarettes and other tobacco products before age 18, the researchers said. The study included more than 17,000 teens and preteens from 185 U.S. schools.
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