Combustible Tobacco Age-of-Sale Laws: An Opportunity?

Time: 10:50 - 11:05

Date: Wednesday 8th December 2021

Tobacco-21 is the law of the land in the United States and appears to be having the beneficial effect of reducing tobacco use among 18-20 year-olds, so is an important improvement over the status quo. However, is raising age of sales laws for all tobacco products optimal, or could additional benefit accrue to raising the age of sale for combustibles only? This concept could take the form of a Combustible-21 only law (similar to some European countries having separate ages for beer and liquor), or a law preventing the legal purchase of combustibles for people born after a certain date (as is currently being considered in New Zealand).


  • Dr Michael Pesko Health Economist & Associate Professor - Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University

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