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State lawmakers urge passage of tough new tobacco regulations

Publication Date: 6/16/2016
  • Author:Katie Lannan
  • Publication:berkshireeagle.com

A leading House proponent of raising the state's tobacco-buying age to 21 said he's "optimistic" the measure and other tobacco restrictions will become law this year, but cautioned that the bill sits among many other matters still awaiting action in the final weeks of formal legislative sessions.

The Senate in April passed a comprehensive bill aimed at preventing youth tobacco use and addiction. Along with a three-year increase in the state's tobacco purchase age, the bill (S 2269) includes a ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies and restrictions on e-cigarettes...

The House bill was endorsed by the Rules Committee on Wednesday and then referred to the Ways and Means Committee, a move members of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network said could indicate momentum. The House bill (H 4361) is "substantially" similar to the version passed by the Senate, according to the action network...