Dec 17, 2015 12:12 PM

Boston considers hiking age for buying smokes to 21

The Associated Press

BOSTON — The city's board of health is expected to consider a proposal to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.

The board meets Thursday and will likely to take up the proposal from Mayor Marty Walsh that, if approved, could take effect early next year.

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would make 21 the legal age for buying tobacco statewide.

The Salem News reports that Swampscott last week became the 85th community in the state of Massachusetts to make the change.

A group representing convenience store and gas station owners oppose raising the tobacco age from 18 to 21, saying it would hurt business while not addressing the larger problem of teen smoking.

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