Cancer survivors, medical professionals, local youth and their families plan to press Connecticut lawmakers to pass legislation this session that increases the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21.
The legislation also includes e-cigarettes.
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Bryte Johnson, the cancer action network’s director of governmental relations, says roughly 95 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. She says “countless lives and health care dollars” can be saved if the legal age is increased from 18 to 21.
The bill also bars the sale of flavored products. The vaping industry says that will harm people trying to quit smoking cigarettes.