Lawmakers Look to Raise Age to Buy Tobacco Products

Massachusetts lawmakers consider raising the legal age to buy tobacco products, from 18 to 21. Only two other states — California and Hawaii — require that people be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco products.

“Ninety-five percent of all smokers start before they are 21, and getting kids to the point where they’re adults without becoming addicted is huge boon to public health,” Kevin O’Flaherty of the national Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, told The Boston Globe.