Authors

Joni Hersch

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Duke Law Journal

Publication Date

1998

Page Number

1143

Keywords

tobacco use, smoking, teenagers

Disciplines

Food and Drug Law | Health Law and Policy | Law

Abstract

Professor Hersch argues that most state regulations aimed at fighting teen smoking have had little or no effect. She provides evidence that despite widespread age restrictions on purchasing tobacco, most teens do not consider it difficult for minors to purchase tobacco products within their community. She also presents evidence demonstrating a strong correlation between smoking rates and perceptions about the addictive nature of smoking. These findings suggest that facilitating greater awareness of the addictive power of cigarettes could be effective in curbing teen smoking. She explores the potential for parental restrictions on limiting teen smoking, but provides indications that parents are not well informed about their children's smoking behavior Finally, she examines the recent FDA regulations, which, she says, are merely a continuation of the traditional methods of attacking adolescent smoking, and are unlikely to have a significant effect.

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