Time to raise the minimum purchasing age for tobacco in Australia

Roger S Magnusson
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.01255
Published online: 4 April 2016

Increasing the minimum purchasing age may be the most straightforward way towards a tobacco-free generation

Australia is often described as a global leader in tobacco control. While this is true, it has taken two generations to reduce current smoking rates to around 15% of the population, and there is still a long way to go, especially in disadvantaged communities.

  • Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW


I acknowledge the support of a Discovery Grant from the Australian Research Council.

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