Legislative Efforts to Protect Children From Tobacco
DiFranza, Joseph R.
Norwood, Billy D.
Garner, Donald W.
Tye, Joe B.
JAMA. 1987 Jun 26; 257(24): 3387-3389.
The authors surveyed state and District of Columbia public health laws aimed at keeping tobacco products out of children's hands. They then tested the efficacy of the Massachusetts ban on selling tobacco to minors with the help of an 11-year-old assistant, who was able to purchase cigarettes from 75 of the 100 businesses that she visited. In view of the serious health consequences of nicotine addiction, which often begins in childhood, the authors make recommendations for a model law that would outlaw tobacco possession by children and the sale of tobacco products to individuals under 21, promote health education about tobacco, and regulate more strictly the sale and distribution of tobacco products in general. (KIE abstract)
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