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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