The best time for buying a cigarette is when you’re older.
A study from the European Union has shown that younger people buy cigarettes less often than their older counterparts.
But if you’re the type of smoker who loves smoking a traditional, slow-burning cigarette, it’s the perfect time to pick up a new one.
“You should buy one at least one month before you’re 60, to give you a little bit of time to start smoking,” said Eamonn Kelly, an associate professor of tobacco control at UCD and author of the report, which was published in the journal Tobacco Control.
“There’s no reason why you should wait a year.”
In a report published last month, the EU’s health commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, called on EU governments to adopt a “European smoking plan” that would see the introduction of a national smoking age.
This plan would also include a ban on e-cigarettes in public places and restrict the sale of e-cigarette packets to minors.
“It is vital that the tobacco industry continues to take urgent steps to ensure that the safety of its customers is respected,” Ms Vestager said in a statement.
“This is why we are launching this report.”