The legal smoking age in America is a highly controversial topic. There are people that agree with the age limits, some who want to lower it and others who want to raise it. Legislators in Washington DC, Utah and Colorado are currently trying to pass a bill which would change the legal smoking age to 21. Colorado currently has one of the lowest per capita smoking rates in the country.
 One study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine found that raising legal the smoking age to 21 could reduce smoking among teenagers aged 14 to 17 by as much as 82 percent. After England raised its smoking age from 16 to 18, youth smoking dropped by nearly 30 percent.
The University of London did a survey on 1000 teenagers before and after the smoking age was changed in the United Kingdom. The new smoking law took effect in October of 2007. According to Michelle Roberts, the author of Under 18 Ban Cut Teenage Smoking Rates, “Researchers found that smoking rates in this age group dropped significantly, from 24% before the law change to about 17% after it.” She also reported that the smoking rates for people over the age of 18 remained unchanged. Considering this study, it’s possible that raising the legal smoking age in the U.S. could prove to be beneficial. Throughout the United States the laws vary. There are some counties in NY and MA where you have to be 21 in order to buy cigarettes, while in states like PA you only have to be 18. Some argue: “If we can go to war at 18, why can’t we smoke cigarettes?” It’s easy to see that there is no simple answer. But do people know what is in a cigarette? According to the American Lung Association there are about 600 ingredients. When lit, a cigarette releases about 4000 chemicals into the air, at least 50 of which can cause cancer.
Can Changing The Legal Smoking Age Save Lives
My Father started smoking at the age of 17, he smoked cigarettes for 42 years until he was diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD is one of the most common lung diseases in the world today. There are two forms of it; Chronic Bronchitis, and Emphysema. Emphysema destroys your lungs over time. When he found that out, Finding that out he realized that he needed to stop smoking immediately before the COPD turned into Lung Cancer. My Father has been smoke free 7 years this March. It’s never too late to quit! If the smoking age in 1964 was 21, I feel as though my father would have bought himself a couple more years of living. When he started smoking cigarettes were not as toxic as they are today. Looking from another view point there are people in the world that have never had a cigarette and die of Lung cancer, my maternal grandmother being one of them. Does that mean we should leave it up to fate?
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So, should the legal age to smoke in America be raised to 21? If it is going to help save lives then I think so. If you are offered a cigarette, just say no. There are too many health risks to start smoking. If you are a smoker then now is the time to quit. Go to your doctor and ask her for more information. If you are prescribed behind the counter medication then let Discount Drug Network help you save money. You won’t be sorry!