New Haven Board of Alders to refer raising tobacco sales age to committee

New Haven

Governor Ned Lamont wants to up the age of the sale of tobacco from 18 to 21. On Tuesday night, the New Haven Board of Alders will refer the very issue to a committee.

This includes both cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The Elm City is the latest to consider raising the age of the sale of tobacco, but it’s certainly not the first. 

Hartford, Bridgeport and South Windsor recently passed tobacco ordinances.

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Health experts say raising the age targets younger populations, arguing if you don’t start smoking by 18, you’re unlikely to begin.

Smoke shops in New Haven would certainly feel the impact, but said, if passed, they have no choice but to respect the decision. 

“It will probably affect business a lot, but we can’t do much about it. It’s the law and we have to follow the law,” stated Natasha Hill with Mile Zero Smoke Shop.

14 other municipalities in the state are also proposing raising the age of the sale of tobacco.

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