Anti-smoking campaigners hope Tasmania could this year set off a chain of events that would see the legal smoking age increased to 21 across the country.
- A bill that would ban the sale of cigarettes in Tasmania to people aged under 21 will be re-introduced to Parliament this year
- Tobacco 21 legislation was enacted across the United States in December 2019
- Tasmania’s Menzies Research Institute said five out of eight studies on T21 in the US showed it worked
It’s been just over a year since Tobacco 21 (T21) laws were passed across the United States.
It all began in 2005 in Needham, a small town in Boston, Massachusetts.
“There was a 47 per cent reduction in high school use of tobacco,” Boston paediatrician, Lester Hartman, said.
The results both stunned and inspired health authorities, who took the data to legislators around the country.
The dominoes eventually fell.
New York became the first major city to enact T21 in 2013, followed by states like Hawaii and California.
In December 2019, the legal smoking age was raised across the country.