Mass. legislators consider raising tobacco buying age to 21

In Massachusetts, 16.1 percent of the adult population are current cigarette smokers.
–AP Photo/Paul Sancya

A bill that would raise the legal tobacco buying age in Massachusetts is garnering attention on Beacon Hill.

The legislation would make 21 the statewide minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and all other tobacco products, and would prohibit health care institutions from selling these products. It would also ban e-cigarettes from the workplace.

Supporters—including public health advocates and doctors—are expected to appear at the State House this week to show their support for the bill, with a public hearing reportedly scheduled for Tuesday.

More than 140 cities and towns in the Commonwealth have already passed legislation to raise the age to 21 on a local level.

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Gov. Charlie Baker has expressed his support for the statewide tobacco age raise, according to The Boston Globe.

Last year, a similar bill passed overwhelmingly in the state Senate, with a 32-2 vote in favor of an under-21 tobacco ban. However, the legislation failed to make it through the House.