Retail impact of raising tobacco sales age to 21 years

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health



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Adolescent; Age Factors; Female; Humans; Legislation, Drug; Male; Marketing; Smoking; Tobacco Industry; Tobacco Products; United States; Young Adult


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Family Medicine | Health Services Research | Preventive Medicine | Primary Care | Substance Abuse and Addiction


The majority of tobacco use emerges in individuals before they reach 21 years of age, and many adult distributors of tobacco to youths are young adults aged between 18 and 20 years. Raising the tobacco sales minimum age to 21 years across the United States would decrease tobacco retailer and industry sales by approximately 2% but could contribute to a substantial reduction in the prevalence of youths' tobacco use and dependency by limiting access.

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Citation: Am J Public Health. 2014 Nov;104(11):e18-21. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302174. Epub 2014 Sep 11. Link to article on publisher's site

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