Washington Attorney General wants to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21

January 22, 2015 10:09 AM

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With a view to dissuade young adults from smoking, the Washington Attorney General (AG) Bob Ferguson proposes to raise the legal smoking age from the existing 18 to 21. The legislation, if passed, will make Washington the first state inside the U.S. to raise the age for purchasing, possessing tobacco and vapor products to 21.

According to a 2012 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, 90percent of the smokers begin to smoke before they turn 20. 10percent of the sophomores of the state, according to reports, are smokers already. While the AG’s proposal is being hailed by most parents of young teens across the...

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