Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco
In the majority of states, a person that is 18 years of age can buy tobacco legally. In Alabama, Utah, New Jersey, and Alaska, people must be 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products.
Statistics on Smokers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bout 18% of the adult population use cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookahs, and cigars. That equals about 42 million people in the United States.
According to the data available to the Attorney General this means that about 5.6 million people will die prematurely from tobacco related diseases.
The majority of smokers, roughly 95% of them began to smoke before they reach the age of 21.