A hearing is planned today to introduce a new measure that would raise the legal age of buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from the age of 18 to 21.
SBB1106, also known as Tobacco 21, aims to reduce the overall tobacco use rate and the future health problems linked to tobacco products.
St. Alphonsus and other local partners are behind the measure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 9 out of 10 smokers start before they turn 18 years old. Supporters of the measure say raising the legal buying age would limit tobacco access and create healthier communities.