Erie County legislators introduce bill to raise age for buying tobacco, e-cigarettes to 21

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A group of Erie County legislators have introduced a new bill to raise the age for tobacco, e-cigarette and vaping product sales.

The bill, which was introduced by legislators Barbara Miller-Williams, John Bruso, April Baskin and Timothy Meyers, is called the Youth Health Promotion Act of 2019.

If passed, the minimum age to buy the aforementioned products would be 21.

In addition to raising the age, the legislation also proposes increasing warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Surgeon General about vaping and tobacco use.

The legislators introduced the bill after a number of hearings, which included testimonies from educators, clinicians, school resource officers and others.

It is expected that the legislation will be referred to the Health and Human Services Committee next month.

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