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Houston Doctor Leads Charge to Raise the Legal Smoking Age

You may have heard in the news recently that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the purchasing age of cigarettes nationwide should be changed to 21. That recommendation came from a Houston doctor, Harold Farber. He’s associate professor of pediatrics in the section of pulmonary medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital […]

You may have heard in the news recently that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the purchasing age of cigarettes nationwide should be changed to 21. That recommendation came from a Houston doctor, Harold Farber. He’s associate professor of pediatrics in the section of pulmonary medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital and was the lead author on the AAP’s clinical, public policy and technical reports.

Farber explained to Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin why he thinks the smoking age should be raised to 21 and what we know — and don’t know — about the dangers of e-cigarettes, which he says are very popular among youth. But first, he tells her why it was time to compile new recommendations on this topic.

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