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HEALTH, RETAIL IMPACTS SEEN FROM HIGHER TOBACCO AGE BILL [+AUDIO]

By Colin A. Young

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 16, 2017.....Public health officials and a retailers group tangled Tuesday over raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, what impact that would have on retailers and whether it would truly discourage teenage smoking.

A Rep. Paul McMurtry bill (H 2864) with 104 co-sponsors that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, prohibit tobacco sales at pharmacies and ban e-cigarette use in the workplace was the first bill up for testimony before the Joint Committee on Public Health this session.


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