Tasmania could become the first state in Australia to raise smoking age to 21 – ABC News

Tasmania could become the first state in Australia to raise smoking age to 21 – ABC News

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.

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.

A young woman with blonde hair smokes a cigarette.

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