New York State Assembly passes legislation to raise Tobacco age to 21

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The American Lung Association today applauded and thanked the New York State Assembly for passing legislation to raise the age of sale of all tobacco products from 18 to 21. 

According to Elizabeth Hamlin-Berninger, Director of Advocacy in New York for the American Lung Association, tobacco is a highly addictive product, and close to 95 percent of smokers try their first cigarette by the age of 21.  

Over 28% of New York high school students reported using tobacco products in 2017 and the use of e-cigarettes by young people is an epidemic that demands bold action.

The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) found increasing the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21 could prevent 223,000 deaths among people born between 2000 and 2019, including 50,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer.

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