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Top Senate Republican would raise minimum smoking age to 21

The Senate’s top Republican is introducing legislation to raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. The measure by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would cover not only tobacco products, but also e-cigarettes and vapor products.

Washington state raises smoking age to 21

Washington has become the ninth state in the nation to raise the smoking age to 21, after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that also limits electronic cigarettes. Supporters say the new law will reduce youth smoking, but critics have decried it as symptomatic of an encroaching nanny state. The change will take effect in 2020.

Washington smoking age could jump from 18 to 21

OLYMPIA – Young adults would be barred from cigarettes under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Under Ferguson’s plan, Washington would become the first state in the country to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21; Utah and Colorado tried but failed last year. So far, only a handful of cities and counties, including New York City, have done it. In Alabama, Alaska, Utah and New Jersey, it’s 19.