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Should Tobacco Age be 21?

Albert Lea is considering a proposed ordinance to up the age restrictions for buying tobacco

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 6:45 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2019 6:45 PM

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tobacco age-stinger-2 tobacco use among teens is a growing concern across the country. that's prompting a proposal in a local community to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. that's conversation is in its beginning stages in albert lea. kimt news three's annalise johnson is finding out what community members think about the tobacco age-llminipkg-1 tobacco age-llminipkg-2 according to the center for disease control - 75 percent of adults are in favor of raising the tobacco age to 21 - but what do albert lea residents think? tobacco age-llminipkg-3 "they're still gonna get their hands on it somewhere." gilbert johnson thinks people under age 21 are still going to find a way to use tobacco products - even if they wouldn't be able to legally purchase it anymore. according to blue zones project albert lea's facebook page... a community well-being improvement initiative... they approached the city about changing the age. the community members i spoke to in downtown albert lea were mostly in consensus: they don't think it's a bad idea - but aren't sure if people's habits will actually change. tobacco age-llminipkg-4 other people i talked to who declined to be on camera told me that they're in favor of raising the age, however they're curious about how this will affect 18, 19, and 20 year olds who already smoke. in albert lea annalise johnson kimt news 3. / one city council member tells us the discussion will likely be brought to a public forum in the coming weeks - for residents to weigh in on if they'd like to see the age be raised - or not. / it's a
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