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"One would think the kids there would just get on their bicycles and go to a nearby town and buy their smokes but that's not what happened," said PTAF regional director Shannon Quinby. "The opposite happened. Over a period of two or three years, smoking rates went down dramatically."
Ms Quinby said Tasmania, being an island, was even better positioned for T21 than landlocked Needham.
A year after new age-restrictive laws were rolled out across the United States, a bid to bump up the legal smoking age is heading back to Tasmania, with the hope it will one day be rolled out across the country.
Companion bills filed in the state legislature this week would give Kentucky cities and counties new tools to improve community health and reduce health care costs related to the high rates of tobacco use, especially among youth. Sponsored by Sen. Julie Raque Adams in the Senate and Rep. Kim Moser in the House, the bills would restore local control over the marketing and sale of tobacco products in Kentucky.