Gallup: 73% Favor Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes to 21

By Michael W. Chapman | August 7, 2019 | 1:12pm EDT
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( -- A new survey from Gallup shows that 73% of American adults (18 and older) support raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21. Only 27% oppose raising the age to 21. Eighteen states have passed laws that raise the age and there is a federal proposal to do the same at work in the Senate.

In the July 1-12 survey or 1,525 adults, Gallup asked, "Would you favor or oppose raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years of age?" 

Among national adults, 73% said they favor raising the age, 27% oppose raising the age, and 1% had no opinion. (By gender, 76% of women and 69% of men favored raising the age.)

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Even among current smokers, 64% supported raising the minimum age to 21. An estimated 15% of Americans currently smoke cigarettes regularly. 

"Roughly half of the state laws to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco have already gone into effect, while the other half will take effect within the next two years," reported Gallup.  "In addition to the regionally diverse patchwork of states that have raised the minimum age for purchasing tobacco, hundreds of municipal governments across the U.S. have done the same."

"Support for raising the minimum age for tobacco purchases is strongest among adults aged 65 and older -- though majorities of other age groups support the policy change as well," said the survey firm.  "Support is a bit lower among young adults aged 18 to 29 -- some of whom the policy would affect -- but even among this group, two in three support it."

Gallup further found that 62% of American adults support banning smoking in all public places but only 22% support "banning smoking in the U.S. entirely."


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