Age to buy tobacco in Wash. state could go up to 21

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

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SEATTLE - The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Board is pressuring Washington state legislators to raise the age at which people can buy tobacco products, including cigarettes.

 “Access to tobacco products makes a difference in terms of use,” Pat Godfrey, board president, said.

 The board does not have legislative authority, only the power to advise.

 New York City passed a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco last year, but an effort to raise the age in Colorado failed in March.

 “I think we'll have a number of legislators come forward and realize this is an opportunity to save many live [in Washington],” Godfrey said.

 However, many of the smokers KIRO 7 spoke with, disagreed about the benefits.

 “I don't know how much it would stop youth from getting cigarettes, because from junior high I was able to get some just from having older friends,” said Madeline Johnson.

 

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