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Ban smoking before age 21


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 25, 2014

~~<p>If a person makes it to age 21 without becoming a regular smoker, odds are he or she never will succumb to the expensive, addictive and deadly habit. In a state where 1,200 people a year die from tobacco use or exposure, preventing young people from smoking is a matter of public health &mdash; and an urgent matter at that.</p>
<p>Each year in Hawaii, 5,600 kids pick up a cigarette for the first time, and 1,400 of them become regular smokers &mdash; even if they intend to quit. That fits with the U.S. Surgeon General's report that 95 percent of all adult smokers started using tobacco before they turned 21, and highlights the importance of making it harder for young people to purchase tobacco products in the first place.</p>
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If a person makes it to age 21 without becoming a regular smoker, odds are he or she never will succumb to the expensive, addictive and deadly habit. In a state where 1,200 people a year die from tobacco use or exposure, preventing young people from smoking is a matter of public health — and an urgent matter at that.

Each year in Hawaii, 5,600 kids pick up a cigarette for the first time, and 1,400 of them become regular smokers — even if they intend to quit. That fits with the U.S. Surgeon General's report that 95 percent of all adult smokers started using tobacco before they turned 21, and highlights the importance of making it harder for young people to purchase tobacco products in the first place. Login for more...



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