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Bill advances to raise the age to buy tobacco, vape products

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: E-Liquids, which are used for vaping in electronic cigarettes, are offered for sale at the Smoke Depot on September 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered e-cigarette product makers to devise a plan to keep their devices away from minors, declaring use by teens has reached an "epidemic proportion". (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

HARTFORD — A bill banning the sale of cigarettes, other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping products to anyone under the age of 21 has cleared a legislative hurdle in Connecticut.

It passed the Public Health Committee on Friday, advancing the bill to the House floor.

Currently, someone must be at least 18 years old to purchase these products.

Sen. Mary Daugherty Abrams, a Meriden Democrat, is a co-sponsor of the bill and Senate chairwoman of the Public Health Committee. She says taking steps to limit access is a way to fight back against youth smoking.

It’s one of a host of proposed bills aimed at addressing the growing numbers of young people using electronic nicotine delivery systems.

Similar efforts to raise the smoking age to 21 years old have stalled in previous years.

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