Is There a Reason the Legal Smoking Age is 18?

Yes. An adolescent’s body and lungs are not fully developed until he/she turns 18 (some adolescents still are not fully developed until after they turn 18). Therefore if an adolescent begins smoking before their 18th birthday there is a high risk that their lungs will never fully develop and smoking may stunt the growth of the rest of their body. Also adolescent smokers are at a much greater risk to develop heart disease and lung cancer than smokers who begin smoking as adults

According to The American Lung Association one-third of all smokers had their first cigarette before the age of fourteen and this calls for great concern.

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