Lawmakers Considering Bill to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Lawmakers in Connecticut are considering a new bill that would raise the smoking age to 21. 

Senator Mae Flexer co-sponsored a bill that would require anyone buying cigarettes, electronic cigarettes or vapor porducts be 21.

The current law allows anyone over the age of 18 to purchase tobacco products. 

According to Flexer, the CDC said the number of teens buying cigarettes from their peers has doubled from 2001 to 2009. 

The senator said raising the smoking age to 21 would eliminate the avenue some teens take to get cigarrettes. 

Connecticut's Public Health Committee has until Mar. 23 to take action on the bill. 

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