LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles councilman wants the city to change the legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.
A motion, introduced by Councilman Paul Koretz, stated that the majority of smokers start before they turn 21, and young adults are more likely to get their cigarettes from 18-year-olds.READ MORE: Westminster Officer On Paid Leave After Punching Handcuffed Woman
“The social sources of cigarettes for young smokers are often individuals who are just over the legal age of 18, with a majority of those purchasing cigarettes for minors being between 18 to 20 years old,” the motion stated.
In 2005, the town of Needham, Mass., passed the “Tobacco to 21” law. Koretz said over a six-year period, the rate of smoking decreased from 13 percent to 5.5 percent among high school kids in that area.READ MORE: 'First Step Towards Justice': Biden Set To Fully Recognize Armenian Genocide
“It is important for Los Angeles to enact such a law, to reduce the number of young people who take up the habit of smoking, and the massive societal costs associated with addiction to tobacco,” the motion said.
The motion now heads to the City Council’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee and the Public Safety Committee.MORE NEWS: Beloved University Of Kentucky Basketball Player, Terrence Clarke, Killed In Northridge Car Crash
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