Raising the Minimum Age for Access to Tobacco to 21

OTRU Update August 2015

Marilyn Pope, Michael Chaiton, Robert Schwartz


August 2015

Type of Report

OTRU Update


The majority of smokers begin smoking in their teens or early twenties. Raising the legal age of access to tobacco to age 21 has the potential to impact positively on future smoking prevalence and health outcomes. This update outlines reasons to consider raising the minimum age, reviews current evidence and public opinion, and provides a snapshot of current Canadian and US legislation in this area.