Age To Buy Tobacco Products Rising To 21

Pennsylvania gets an “F” grade from the American Lung Association in spending to reduce smoking and e-cigarette use.
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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation that raises the legal age to purchase tobacco products in Pennsylvania to 21-years-old.

“We should not expose our children to addictive behavior and smoking with nicotine is something that is addictive,” said Wolf.

Another bill signed into law today amends the definition of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and vaping products. The law takes effect July 1​

 “Numerous studies have shown tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, are particularly harmful and addictive to youths and young adults,” said Gov. Wolf. “Raising the age to 21 in combination with barring e-cigarettes at our schools will help us prevent young Pennsylvanians from engaging in this dangerous behavior

Active duty military and veterans, however, will be expempt from the new law.

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