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Suffolk proposes raising tobacco purchasing age

Opponents of the bill, like tobacco shops and

Opponents of the bill, like tobacco shops and convenience stores, say the bill would hurt businesses if it passes. (March 4, 2014 6:45 PM)

Suffolk lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the age to purchase tobacco in the county from 19 to 21.

Legislator William Spencer is sponsoring the bill, which had a public hearing Tuesday. He says its purpose is not to take away rights, but to save lives.

“This is a huge public health crisis and this is something simple we can do to make a difference,” said Spencer.

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