Could Pa. be the next state to raise the age to buy tobacco products to 21?

Alyssa Biederman | Monday, July 22, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

When Sen. Mario Scavello was growing up, his house was filled with smoke from his father’s cigarette habit. His wife, Mary Ann, knew the same familiar acrid scent.

But that’s how it was “back in those days,” Scavello said – an easy argument to make until both his father and his father-in-law died from lung cancer.

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Old enough to marry? Or buy cigarettes? Age matters in bills before Pa. lawmakers

Jan Murphy | Monday, June 17, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

What’s in a number? Plenty if you want to live by Pennsylvania’s rules.

Lawmakers are weighing different bills that would require Pennsylvanians to wait until age 18 – or 21 – before making some major life decisions.

Earlier this month, the state House unanimously passed a bill that set the minimum age to marry, without a parent, guardian or judge’s consent at 18. It’s the same age Pennsylvania has set when you can make your own decisions about medical or dental treatment; getting a driver’s license; having an abortion; buying a lottery ticket; getting a tattoo or body piercing; buying fireworks, and buying medical marijuana or firearms.

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