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Conn. Groups Lobby to Raise Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco Products to 21

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    Lobby to Raise Age to Buy Tobacco Heads to Hartford

    Two groups are lobbying at the Capitol on Wednesday to draw attention to a bill that would raise the minimum age to buy any tobacco products to 21.

    (Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019)

    Two groups are lobbying at the Capitol on Wednesday to draw attention to a bill that would raise the minimum age to buy any tobacco products to 21.

    The American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association are trying to keep pressure up on lawmakers to raise the age, which would apply to purchases on cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

    States like Massachusetts and New Jersey have already upped the age to 21.

    In Connecticut, Hartford and Bridgeport have already increased the age. Other towns like Milford and South Windsor have considered it.

    The bill would also prohibit the sale of flavored products. Those flavors are often viewed as enticing to young teens.

    The vaping industry said that will harm people trying to quit smoking cigarettes.

    The Public Health Committee has already passed this bill, but it hasn't been voted on yet by the full legislature.