Lawmakers aim to raise smoking age in La., but with exception for military, first responders, law enforcement

Military and first responders exempt from bill aimed at raising smoking age in La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - At the capitol Monday, May 20, a House committee approved a plan that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

However, those in the military, first responders, and law enforcement officers would still be able to buy tobacco products. The bill’s supporters say it’s an attempt to stop a “vaping epidemic” that’s getting teenagers hooked on nicotine before their brains are fully developed.

Thirteen other states have made it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy tobacco, and the tobacco industry supports the movement. That bill is now headed to the House floor for debate.

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