State lawmakers push to raise age limit on buying tobacco products

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. That’s why some state lawmakers want to prevent young people from buying tobacco products like cigarettes.

The legislature’s Committee on Public Health is considering a ban on the sale of cigarettes to Massachusetts residents under the age of 21. Several Massachusetts cities and towns, including Holyoke and Greenfield, have already implemented similar policies. Convenience stores and gas stations are against the proposal because they stand to lose business.

22News talked to State Rep. Chris Walsh of Framingham, who supports raising the smoking age across the state. “There’s a toss-up between the interests of the public to have healthy outcomes. We all pay for unhealthy outcomes.” The Public Health Committee could take action on the bill next year.

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