CT gov. signs law increasing the age to purchase tobacco products to 21

Kimberly Dole
June 19, 2019 - 6:45 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Governor Ned Lamont has signed legislation increasing the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21.

The bill which signed into law Tuesday also prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping products to anyone under 21.

The new law takes effects on Oct. 1 and also bans smoking on the grounds of child care centers and schools.

President and CEO of the American Lung Association, Harold Wimmer, says such "Tobacco 21'' laws are "more important than ever given the increase in youth e-cigarette use.

Wimmer believes adolescents and young adults are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of nicotine and nicotine addiction, making Connecticut's legislation "an important, life-saving measure.''

Critics of the legislation have complained it violates the rights of adults ages 18 to 21.

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