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In Ireland, Should the legal age for smoking be increased to 21, RCPI recommends

DUBLIN: According to RCPI research, measures to regulate the sale of tobacco products and rise the minimum age to 21 are recommended. Tobacco products can now be purchased at the age of 18. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) study report ‘Tobacco 21’ asks the government to raise this.

According to the report, this is required to meet the aim of reducing the number of smokers by 5%. According to the analysis, extending the minimum smoking age to 21 might lower smoking rates by 25% among 15- to 17-year-olds and 15% among 18- to 20-year-olds.

It is estimated that smoking kills approximately 4,500 individuals in Ireland each year. Thousands of people are affected by connected ailments such as heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. According to RCPI Policy Group Head Prof. Des Cox, control is ineffective, and tobacco smoking among adolescent boys is on the rise.

Raising the age restriction is a critical step towards reducing consumption. The majority of people begin smoking in their adolescence. The issue is that they have unlimited access to cigarettes. According to the report, obtaining cigarettes is simple, either directly or through friends.

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