Hartford City Council has strong support to raise age for sale of tobacco, vaping products to 21

Eight out of nine city council members in Hartford say they will vote in favor of raising the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 on Oct. 22nd. The capital city would be the first in the state to do so.

The ordinance being proposed drew a large crowd for public comment at Monday night’s city council meeting. Doctors, public health officials and teens came out to support raising the age.

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Students from Achievement First Charter School in Hartford were among the young voices pushing the raise the age for the sale of tobacco to 21 in their city.

“One of my family members was a victim of underage smoking. They were 16,” Alleisha Oates shared with News 8. “They have cancer now and are fighting.”

“It’s bad, I don’t want to see any more young kids dying, it’s serious,” Kelly Buchanan added. “What if they die from lung cancer?”

If passed, Hartford would join six other states and 350 municipalities in raising the age for the sale of tobacco and vaping products to 21.

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October 15, 2018