miércoles, 5 de noviembre de 2014 – 03 de Noviembre de 2014 – EEUU

Momentum slowly builds for raising age limit for buying tobacco to 21

A push to raise the age limit for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 – or higher – is slowly building momentum nationwide, particularly in communities serving as college towns.

Initiatives have been launched, if not passed, in more than 40 communities, mostly in Massachusetts, but also in New York City, California, Hawaii, Illinois and Missouri.

The New Jersey state Senate has passed a sales ban until age 21, but the House won’t take it up until 2015. The age restriction there already is 19.

There is no effort toward introducing an age-restriction bill in the N.C. General Assembly, according to two local legislators serving on financial and health-care committees. Mayor Allen Joines and Forsyth County Commissioner Dave Plyler said they have not heard of any ground-swelling toward raising the legal age.

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