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Federal lawmakers seek to raise the smoking age to 21

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NJ Today

A large group of federal lawmakers has introduced theTobacco to 21 Act (S.2100), legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

“We know that the earlier smokers begin their unhealthy addiction to nicotine, the more likely they are to suffer from tobacco-related diseases or die,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i). “This year, Hawai‘i became the first state in the nation to raise the minimum smoking age to 21. It was an historic public health achievement that we should adopt nationwide. By raising the minimum tobacco age of sale to 21 across the country, we can cut the number of new smokers each year; build a healthier, tobacco free America; and save lives.”…

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