BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts Lawmakers will vote on a bill to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Several lawmakers, including Governor Charlie Baker, have expressed their support.
More than 80 communities have already made the change, but this bill would make it a state wide mandate. Violators would be fined and business owners could have their licenses suspended. It’s all an effort to reduce teen health risks.
William Stone of East Longmeadow told 22News, “I myself did smoke for 20 years and stopped, but I didn’t start until I was 21. I know a lot of younger people smoke now a days. It’s a serious problem.”
The Massachusetts Senate will vote this Thursday. 22News will be there.