Boston considers raising tobacco age

(NECN) Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and his Public Health Commission moved Wednesday to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes and tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – from 18 to 21 come mid-February.

Walsh made clear his goal is to slash the number of teens who take up the habit.

“It’s about the public health. It’s about preventing people from starting smoking,” Walsh said during a press conference at Fenway High School on Mission Hill. “Most longtime smokers started when they were too young to make a better choice. Smokers are the first to tell you that.”

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