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Raise the smoking age to 21 and increase funding to help smokers quit

Submitted by Matthew Edwards on Tuesday 1st February 2022

Published on Monday 7th February 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Sunday 7th August 2022

Signatures: 35

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2021 ~ Buying ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Covid-19 pandemic ~ Guardian ~ INCREASE ~ New Zealand ~ NHS ~ Pandemic ~ People ~ Quit ~ Raise ~ Raising ~ Smoke ~ smoking age ~ The NHS ~ The USA ~ Therapy ~ Time ~ USA

Petition Action

Raise the smoking age to 21 and increase funding to help smokers quit

Petition Details

The legal age for buying (combustible) cigarettes should be raised from 18 to 21, a change which 63% of the public would support according to a survey (Guardian, 9.6.2021).

Additional Information

More funding should also be given to the NHS to help smokers quit. This could include counselling sessions & Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Adolescents who smoke usually rely on over-18s to buy cigarettes for them. If the age were raised to 21, teenagers would surely be less likely to procure cigarettes. During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting people's health is more important than ever. Cancer is one of the main causes of death, and should be prevented as much as possible.

The USA has already raised their smoking age to 21, as have many Asian countries. New Zealand is phasing out combustible cigarettes altogether.

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