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City Of Tucson Approves Raising Tobacco Age To 21

The ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020

The legal age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes has been raised from 18 to 21 after the Tucson City Council approved the vote on Tuesday.

The age raise was approved by a 6-1 vote.

The matter was a result of an initiative called Tobacco 21, a national campaign led by the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation.

Local high school students asked the board to pass T-21 and said that their decision today will impact future generations.

Retailers are worried about the penalties that will be enforced on their businesses and that ultimately the decision to sell to those under 21 is up to the employee at the register, however, the penalties will be handed to the store owners.

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