Pennsylvania moves to raise cigarettes, e-cigs, other tobacco products to age to 21

Thursday, November 2, 2019, The Patriot-News

The General Assembly Thursday put Pennsylvania on a track to become the 19th state in America to raise the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products to age 21, effective next July 1.

The bill passed both the House, 135-49, and Senate, 44-5, and now heads to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for an expected signature.

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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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Pa. may raise legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

Jan Murphy | Friday, March 15, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

In a quest to try to make the next generation tobacco-free, states are beginning to raise their minimum legal sales for all tobacco products – including vaping products – to 21.

Pennsylvania could soon be joining them.

The legal age now is 18. State Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe County, is looking at proposing legislation that would make it illegal to sell all forms of tobacco products to anyone under 21.

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New Jersey raises legal smoking age to 21. Could Pennsylvania be next?

Kevin Zwick | Monday, July 24, 2017, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

The minimum age for buying tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in New Jersey is going up from 19 to 21 starting this fall, but don’t expect Pennsylvania to follow anytime soon.

New Jersey became the third state — behind Hawaii and California — to increase the buying age for tobacco products, according to Philly.com.

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