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Kentucky bill could raise tobacco purchase age to 21

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 18:02:32-05

(LEX 18) — A bill has been introduced to raise the legal age for buying all tobacco products in Kentucky from 18 to 21.

It has been pre-filed by Senator Ralph Alvardo, of Winchester, who is a practicing physician himself. He says the bill will include e-cigarettes and any future tobacco products.

He believes the bill would help reverse the youth e-cigarette and vaping epidemic that has reached more than a quarter of Kentucky's high school students, according to research done by The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Senator Alvarado will speak about the new bill during the "Coalition for a Smoke-Free tomorrow" at the Capitol in Frankfort at 10 a.m. Saturday.