FDA Makes Legal Smoking raised to 21: All countries should raise it and make it uniform
Dr KK Aggarwal
President CMAAO and Past National President IMA
The smoking age is the minimum legal age required to purchase or smoke tobacco products. Most countries have laws that restrict those below a minimum age from legally purchasing tobacco products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has raised the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. As per FDA “On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product to anyone under 21.”
CMAAO welcome these decision and urges all National Medical Associations to urge their respective governments to follow the same
In India in 2014 The health ministry set up a committee to recommend amendments to the Tobacco Regulation Act which may suggest raising minimum age for smoking from 18 years to 25. But the same was not implemented.
Sri Lanka 21
Korea 19 (purchasing age 20)
New Zealand 18
Hong Kong 18