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Raising Age to Buy Tobacco in CT Gains Momentum

HARTFORD — A bill that will increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21, received a strong lobbying push from supporters at the state Capitol Wednesday.

Over 100 advocates from across Connecticut — including cancer survivors, lawmakers, medical professionals, local youth and their families — held a press conference to rally support for the legislation’s passage as part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and American Heart Association (AHA) annual lobby day.

The bill passed, by a 20-1 vote, out of the Public Health Committee and is now awaiting action from the full House.

The feeling of optimism Wednesday that Connecticut was ready to join other states was impossible to miss.



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