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Raising the Age of Access to Tobacco Products Could Reduce Use

A recent report issued by expert panelists at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) looked at the existing literature around tobacco use initiation in order to predict the potential outcomes of raising the minimum legal age (MLA) for tobacco products to 19 years, 21 years, and 25 years.” The resulting report, Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products, confidently concluded that “if the MLA were raised now to 21 nationwide, there would be approximately 223,000 fewer premature deaths, 50,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer, and 4.2 million fewer years of life lost for those born between 2000 and 2019.”

To read a synopsis of the report, click here.

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