Confronting America’s Smoking Pandemic

A Time Line in Four Parts

Confronting Americas Smoking Pandemic, Part 4: 2000–2016

October 17, 2016

Dr. Alan Blum and Cancer Network have partnered to assemble a four-part slideshow series addressing the history of America’s smoking pandemic. Part 4 highlights a period of further regulation on the tobacco industry, the advent of e-cigarettes, and more.


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58. Blake A. Hawaii becomes first state to raise legal smoking age to 21. Washington Times. January 5, 2016.

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