American Academy of Pediatrics

Tobacco at 21

Tobacco at 21

Our view: Raising the minimum age to buy tobacco in Maryland from 18 to 21 would save lives and bring tobacco laws in line with alcohol restrictions

Over the last two decades, Maryland has raised the tax on tobacco three times, including a hefty $1 per cigarette pack boost in 2007. Each time, the argument has been the same: Raising the cost of tobacco discourages people, especially the young, from using it. Studies have repeatedly validated that approach. The percentage of high school age Marylanders who smoke has fallen from 12.5 percent in 2011 to 8.7 percent in 2015 while the number who use smokeless tobacco dropped from 7.2 percent to 5.8 percent, according to the Centers for...

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