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State should raise age to buy tobacco


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 07, 2014

~~<p>The U.S. Surgeon General describes tobacco use as a pediatric epidemic. Eighty-eight percent of adults who smoke every day picked up the addictive, deadly habit before they turned 18, according to the 2012 report &quot;Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults.&quot;</p>
<p>That report lays out in devastating detail how adolescents and young adults are uniquely susceptible to social and environmental influences to use tobacco, and the ways tobacco companies exploit that vulnerability, including by spending billions of dollars a year on marketing. Of every three young smokers, only one will ever quit, and one of the others will die of a tobacco-related cause.</p>
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The U.S. Surgeon General describes tobacco use as a pediatric epidemic. Eighty-eight percent of adults who smoke every day picked up the addictive, deadly habit before they turned 18, according to the 2012 report "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults."

That report lays out in devastating detail how adolescents and young adults are uniquely susceptible to social and environmental influences to use tobacco, and the ways tobacco companies exploit that vulnerability, including by spending billions of dollars a year on marketing. Of every three young smokers, only one will ever quit, and one of the others will die of a tobacco-related cause. Login for more...



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