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Minimum Age for Tobacco Sales Should Be 21, Say Pediatric Health Officials

Leaders in pediatric health are calling for the U.S. government to tighten regulations on cigarettes and tobacco products. On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create strict guidelines for the marketing and sales of these products. The recommendations, presented at the National Conference & Exhibitions of the American Academy of Pediatrics, suggest increasing the minimum age for all tobacco products—including e-cigarettes—to 21.

The recommendations were issued in three policy statements that were alsopublished online in Pediatrics. They are meant to serve as guidance to lawmakers, as well as physicians working with families to minimize exposure to cigarettes and related products.