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The RCPI study recommends that tobacco product sales be regulated and that the minimum age be 21

Dublin: RCPI research recommends measures to regulate the sale of tobacco products and raise the minimum age to 21. The current age for obtaining tobacco products is 18. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) study report ‘Tobacco 21’ asks the government to raise this.

The report says this is necessary to achieve the target of reducing the number of smokers by 5%. According to the report, raising the minimum smoking age to 21 could reduce 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 people in Ireland each year. Thousands of people are affected by related diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. According to RCPI Policy Group Head Prof. Des Cox, control is ineffective, and tobacco use among adolescent boys is on the rise.

Raising the age limit is a critical step in reducing use. The majority of people begin smoking in their adolescence. The problem is that they can get cigarettes at will. It is easy to get cigarettes either directly or through friends, the report says.

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