Royal College of Physicians of Ireland calls for raising the minimum age for smoking!
On September 12, local time, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland reportedly released a report calling for the minimum age of sale for tobacco to be raised from 18 to 21 years of age.
Tobacco 21 reported that raising the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products in Ireland would reduce the number of teenagers and young adults addicted to tobacco and could reduce youth smoking by 25 percent, which is critical to achieving the Irish Department of Health's goal of a tobacco-free Ireland.
"This call is a simple and effective step on the road to the end of tobacco in Ireland, it requires only a simple amendment to existing legislation and the call has now received strong public support." Professor Des Cox, Chair of RCPI's Tobacco Policy Group, said, "Under current policies, Ireland is unlikely to meet the national target of reducing smoking prevalence to 5% by 2025."
Professor Cox added, "Most reports find that teenagers have easy access to cigarettes in stores or directly through friends, and that the highest rates of smoking experimentation are among those aged 15 to 17 years."
According to a recent poll, 71% of the population 15 and older supports raising the minimum legal age for tobacco sales to 21.
Information source: tobaccojournal