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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Pennsylvania bans tobacco, vapes at 6 state hospitals

Jeff Himler | Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Tobacco products and vape devices have been banned at Pennsylvania’s six state mental health hospitals, including Torrance State Hospital in Derry Township.

“Smoking is a contributing factor to the shortened life expectancy of individuals with a mental illness,” Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said Monday in a statement announcing the ban. “This initiative will further support health, wellness and recovery within these communities.”

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