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By Emma Epperly
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Bill to raise tobacco age to 21 heads to governor

 


The legal age to purchase tobacco and vape products is about to rise from 18 to 21 under a bill headed to the governor’s desk after a 33-21 vote by the Washington State Senate last Wednesday.

The bill states its focus on “public health, safety and welfare by reducing youth access to addictive and harmful products.” Washington would be the ninth state to raise the minimum age for all tobacco products, and others are considering making the change, according to the American Lung Association.

The bill would not make it illegal for those under 21 to possess tobacco products.

Tobacco product use is increasing among young people in the United States with more than 1 in 4 high school stude...



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