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The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education serves as a focal point for a broad range of research, education, and public service activities for 53 faculty in 11 departments and all 4 schools at UCSF, as well as colleagues at UC Berkeley and UC Merced. It is part of the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute and its membership is congruent with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Tobacco Control Program. The Center is also a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Tobacco Control.
In the United States, state laws establish a minimum age of legal access (MLA) for most tobacco products at 18 years. Tobacco control researchers, Dorie Apollonio, PhD and Stanton A. Glantz, PhD from UCSF Center for Tobacco Research and Education, reviewed the history of these laws with internal tobacco industry documents and newspaper archives from 1860 to 2014. The laws appeared in the 1880s but by 1920, half of states had set MLAs of at least 21 years. After 1920, tobacco industry lobbying eroded them to between 16 and 18 years. The increasing evidence on tobacco addiction suggests that restoring MLAs to 21 years would reduce smoking initiation and prevalence, particularly among those younger than 18 years. Click here to read the full article