Published on April 23rd, 2013 | by MD0
Alderman Favors Raising Smoking Age to 21
Source: Chicago Sun Times
Hours after New York City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn proposed raising her city’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21, Health Committee Chairman George Cardenas (12th) talked about Chicago following the Big Apple’s lead.
“That’s something worth exploring because more kids are smoking now,” said Cardenas, who didn’t immediately provide data to back that up.
In 2009, nearly 1 in 5 high school students — or 20 percent — smoked cigarettes. Teen smoking has dropped every year since the 1990s, but progress was slowing by 2009, according to the latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cardenas has proposed that young people under 21 be prohibited from purchasing energy drinks in Chicago.
For more about the alderman’s opinion and the mayor’s response click here.