Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age for Purchasing Tobacco Products

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Children and Families, Public Health, Substance Use and Mental Health
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

The prepublication of this report was released in March 2015. For more information on the report content, and for access to the free pdf of the report, please click on the link at the right of this page. 


The IOM established a committee of public health, medical and other experts to conduct a study and prepare a report to be issued to the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) on the likely public health impact of raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products. The CTP will use the study report as a basis for creating its own report to Congress.

The IOM committee addressed the following tasks:

  1. Examined existing literature on tobacco use initiation and;
  2. Used modeling and other methods, as appropriate, to predict the likely public health outcomes of raising the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products to 21 years and 25 years.

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