Good Reasons to Raise the Smoking Age to 21

Since most smokers began their tobacco addiction as teenagers, New York City officials recently proposed legislation to raise the smoking age to 21.
The proposed law could prevent young people from picking up their first cigarette–and avoid smoking’s negative health consequences. Another policy has already decreased adolescent smoking initiation by restricting the point of sale for cigarettes and removing tobacco ads and tobacco products from children’s view.
Whether or not regional laws raise the smoking age to 21, adults can encourage young people to steer clear of cigarettes (and all tobacco products too). Parents can help kids and teens avoid tobacco use by not smoking or quitting now. In addition, pediatricians and other healthcare professionals can give patients smoking-prevention information and strategies.
No matter what your age, smoking is never a good idea and quitting is. The North Shore-LIJ Center for Tobacco Control provides programs to stop smoking for free. Call 516-466-1980 for more information.

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