NC House looks to raise smoking age

By Kyle Perrotti | Apr 08, 2017
The proposed bill would still allow those who turn 18 this year to purchase tobacco.

Legislation raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 has emerged in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

The bill, H.B. 435, passed its first read a couple weeks back and has since been sent to the Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House Committees.

Although people turning 18 in 2017 will not be affected, from there on, those purchasing anything from tobacco to vaping products to rolling papers will need to be 21.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Penny R Wallace | Apr 09, 2017 07:58

On the surface this seems a reasonable approach for cutting down on future cigarette addicts. But I ask, what good will this really do?  Older teens will seek the thrills they are attracted to law or not. We'd be better served by a ban on all public smoking. The fewer adults seen modeling unhealthy behavior will reduce exposure for our youth more effectively.

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