by: Angela Garrity
News 12 Connecticut is reporting that the General Assembly has passed the legislation to make Connecticut the next state to increase the smoking and vaping age to 21.
Governor Ned Lamont is backing this move when the change goes into effect October 1st saying, “When our laws surrounding tobacco products were written several decades ago, the medical evidence about the impact of the substance did not exist. With the rising use of e-cigarettes and vaping products among young people, we are seeing a growing public health crisis. Some have pointed out that raising the age to 21 will result in a net revenue loss to the state, but when it comes to the health of our young people, we need to do what is right. I applaud the bipartisan members from each chamber of our state Legislature for voting to raise the age. When I sign this into law, we will have taken an important step forward in protecting the health of the youngest members of our communities.”
The new law does not include a ban on flavored pods, as some health advocates rallied behind.
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