I remember a very short stint of smoking Newports with my roommate in NH in 1965. My father smoked three packs of Lucky Strikes every day. One time he was driving me and asked me if I was smoking. Like all people who sneak smoking, I never thought anyone could tell–wrong!🙄
I looked up the age needed to buy cigarettes in 1965.
Cigarettes were actively marketed to younger people, they were largely socially acceptable and, as Apollonio and Glantz report, by the 1960s the tobacco industry had decided that 18 was a reasonable limit to fight to maintain.
Prior to 1991 the minimum age to purchase tobacco products was 16 years of age, then in 2000 was raised from 16 to 18 and yet again was raised from 18 to 21 in 2020.
Have you ever smoked and what age did you have your first cigarette?