TitleShould the Legal Age for Tobacco Be Raised? Results From a National Sample of Adolescents.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsKowitt, SD, Schmidt, AM, Myers, AE, Goldstein, AO
JournalPrev Chronic Dis
Date Published11/2017
KeywordsAdolescent, Female, Humans, Male, Smoking, Smoking Prevention, Surveys and Questionnaires, Tobacco Products

Raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products may reduce smoking initiation and save lives. In a national telephone survey (2014-2015), US adolescents aged 13 to 17 years (N = 1,125; response rate, 66%) were asked about raising the age of legal access to tobacco products and randomized to hear one of 3 ages (19, 20, or 21 y). Most adolescents, across all US regions, favored raising the minimum age of legal access to 19 (75.7%), 20 (80.6%), or 21 (76.4%). These supportive attitudes may be useful to tobacco prevention and control practitioners who seek to reduce tobacco use among adolescents.

Alternate JournalPrev Chronic Dis
PubMed ID29144895
PubMed Central IDPMC5695643
Grant ListP50 CA180907 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States