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HPB considers upping minimum cigarette purchase age from 18 to 21

Published on May 20, 2014 1:26 PM
 
The Health Promotion Board is studying New York's recent move to increase the minimum age for cigarette purchase from 18 to 21. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The Health Promotion Board is studying New York's recent move to increase the minimum age for cigarette purchase from 18 to 21.

It said on Tuesday that it is also monitoring Australia's efforts impose plain packaging for cigarettes, among other measures to reduce the number of smokers here.

Meanwhile, more people have quit smoking thanks to a national smoking campaign that keeps them off cigarettes for 28 days.

Some 3,400 signed up for the I Quit 28 Day Countdown last year, with 14 per cent staying smoke-free for at least six months.

 
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