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Tobacco and vape age rising to 21 next year


Last updated 4/3/2019 at Noon

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 Wednesday, March 27.

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.

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, voted in support of the bill.

The bill, however, would not...

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