Our priority is to increase the minimum age of smoking from 18 to 21
Smoking is one of the largest preventable cause of disease and death.
There is no dispute that smoking is detrimental to South Australians and a drain on the public health system.
The vast majority of smokers started well before the age of 21.
Nicotine is highly addictive, and adolescents are more susceptible to its effects because they are still going through critical periods of growth and development. For example, lungs do not fully mature until young adulthood, meaning smoking during this critical developmental phase compromises ongoing function.
Preventing young people from taking up the deadly habit before they turn 21 minimises the likelihood of future use.