Clinton aims to ban under age smoking

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:470

The Clinton administration has taken a definitive stand against teenage smoking in the US, with the president proposing a set of regulations to end the sale of cigarettes to anyone aged under 18. President Clinton's decision follows weeks of discussions between Congress, the administration, and tobacco companies and comes on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration's finding that nicotine is an addictive substance.

Stating that the number of under age smokers was increasing considerably—one third more eighth graders (13 year olds) and one quarter more 10th graders (15 year olds) smoke than four years ago—and that one in five high school seniors (17 year olds) is a daily …

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