After legal action is being taken nationwide to raise smoking age to 21, a new survey shows that even smokers think smoking should be harder for children under the respective age.
Starting next year, January first, smoking will be illegal for those under 21 in the state of Hawaii. Through the passing of the law last month, is will have become the first state to increase age at which people are allowed to smoke.
A bill somewhat lighter than that passed In Hawaii is being considered by the Californian authorities in the Assembly, after it has been approved by the Senate. The bill proposes raising the legal age at which you can purchase products that contain tobacco to 21, up from 18.
Additionally, this is a decided matter in over eighty U.S. cities. The Tobacco-Free Kids Campaign says that in these cities there is a very strict law which prohibits the selling of cigarettes, or other tobacco products, to people under the age of 21.
Acting on this context, the Office on Smoking and Health of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has conducted a survey wanting to test the opinion of the public on this matter. The test was based on answers from 4,219 people of diverse backgrounds. Three groups were especially emphasized: those who had never smoked, those who did but had quit, and those who were still smokers at the time of the survey.
The survey asked how people feel about the raising of the legal smoking age to 21. The results are as follows: 50% of those questioned were strongly in favor, an additional 25% were somewhat in favor, while 14% said they were somewhat in favor, and only 10% strongly disagreed.
All in all, 75% of U.S. adults questioned were for the change. And there was no big difference between gender, social, or racial groups when it came to the results. Likewise for geographical groups, and people with different educational backgrounds. The biggest fluctuations of these were seen in men, which were 73% for, two percent points lower than the average, and 78% of Latinos were in favor, three points higher than average.
Now to the most interesting part: 77% of those who never smoked and 75% of those who had quit were for the motion. The lowest of all, just 70% of smokers were in support of the idea. However, 70% is still pretty high.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that the majority of smokers still support it being harder for kids to smoke. The CDC claims that this measure would make it unlikely for kids to go from trying to regular smoking later on.
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