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The younger the buyer is, the less likely they are to achieve a purchase even with current shoddy enforcement. Moreover, most social sources of tobacco for teens are themselves younger than 21. Age 21 reduces initiation in younger kids and inhibits consolidation of addiction in older teens.
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MARKETING TOWARDS TEENS
The National Youth Tobacco Survey reports that in 2014 overall use of tobacco among youth rose, exposing dangerous new trends. Clever marketing by the tobacco industry, pushing small cigars, hookahs, e-cigarettes, and flavored vaping products, has put millions of young people at risk of lifelong lethal nicotine addiction.
The most compelling argument for taking tobacco to age 21 comes from the tobacco industry itself: “Raising the legal minimum age for cigarette purchase to 21 could gut our key young adult market (17-20) where we sell about 25 billion cigarettes and enjoy a 70 percent market share.” They know their markets, it’s time we listened.
ALCOHOL TO 21
After the Vietnam War and the reduction of the voting age to 18, many states lowered their drinking age. The disastrous drunk driving results of this action prompted our nation to move all states drinking ages to 21. Not only did drunk driving deaths plummet, but youth usage and binge drinking fell by a third.