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Research shows almost 75% of people want legal age to buy tobacco raised to 21

New research has revealed that almost 75% of people want the legal age to buy tobacco raised to 21 years old.

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) says the research sends an overwhelming message to the Government that the public wants decisive action to save a new generation from the “health catastrophe” of smoking, which kills 6,000 people a year.

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The poll follows on from research showing smoking among young people in Ireland is on the rise for the first time in a quarter of a century.

In the year 1995, the teen smoking rate was 41% and had fallen to 13.1% by 2015 but slowly increased 14.4% by 2019.

73% of the 1,029 people aged over 15 surveyed in the poll were in favour of raising the age with 26% disagreeing and 1% undecided.

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Among the 18-24 age group, 71% were in favour of the proposal.

The IHF also wants the measure extended to e-cigarettes due to evidence of their gateway effect on smoking.

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