Youth Access to Tobacco Products – 2008 Monitoring Update




January 2009

Type of Report

Monitoring Update


Comprehensive tobacco control includes age-related restrictions on access to tobacco products. Youth access restrictions reduce the availability of tobacco to young people who, as a group, are known to be vulnerable to smoking initiation (Ahmad and Billimek 2007). The most common type of youth access provision is a ban on the sale or supply of tobacco to a minor. Another provision may require retailers to request identification of a purchaser who appears to be under a certain age. Some jurisdictions ban tobacco possession by minors. Laws against the sale of candy cigarettes, individual cigarettes and individual cigarillos apply to the population at large but have a particular impact on youth.

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