Tennessee Legislature Considers Raising the Smoking Age to 21

There are at least three proposals at the Tennessee legislature that would increase the age to buy tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, from 18 to 21, WPLN reports. Altria — which owns Philip Morris USA — is backing one of the proposals to raise Tennessee's tobacco age, primarily to address underage vaping. The growth of e-cigarettes among teens has been so rapid that the Centers for Disease Control issued a special warning late last year. Sen. Shane Reeves, R-Murfreesboro, says the only resistance he's found is among a few convenience store owners worried about sales. Tennessee has one of the highest rates of smoking and deaths from related disease.

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