The good news is-it’s a long due course for curving tobacco consumption by youth in the United States has gotten into a law. After House passed the Tobacco21 legislation and the President signed into law, the U.S. Federal Law for smoking age is now 21 from 18 that will have 12% or 223,000 fewer death each year according to National Academy of Sciences.
The new smoking minimum age that would apply to all tobacco related products such as cigarettes, cigars, tobacco gums, nicotine patches, including newer smoking alternatives such as e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges.
However, 18 U.S. States have already raised their tobacco smoking purchase age 21 before federal law was passed are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington and Washington, DC.
According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ‘Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. ... and more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.’
According to World Health Organization (WHO), in worldwide, each year, more than 7 million people die from tobacco use. This figure includes the 900 000 that die from exposure to second-hand smoke.