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Proposal to raise the smoking age moves forward in Washington State

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SEATTLE, Wash.- The House Health Care Committee has passed a proposal by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 years old. It passed with a bipartisan vote of 12 to 3.

A.G. Ferguson says, “This legislation will protect young Washingtonians from the health consequences of a lifetime of addiction. If we do nothing, more than 100,000 kids in our state are currently projected to die prematurely from the effects of smoking. But if we continue to work together across party lines, we can have a major impact on those numbers.”

The proposed law, Senate Bill 5494 and House Bill 1458 is sponsored by Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) and Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) and impacts tobacco and vaping products.

Rep. Orwell says, “This bill will help keep our schools free of tobacco products to reduce access to highly addictive substances, like nicotine, and protect our youth from a life of addiction and poor health.”

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