Vermont lawmakers to hear push for raising tobacco age

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Anti-tobacco activists in Vermont say they’ll be trying again this year to raise the age in the state for buying tobacco from its current 18 to 21.

A similar measure passed the House earlier this year but never got to a vote in the Senate.

This Thursday is the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout, when it tries to get smokers and other tobacco users to abstain for at least a day.

Outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin did not supporting raising the age for buying tobacco.

A spokesman for Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott says Scott also opposes raising the age when people can buy tobacco products.

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