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Vt. lawmakers to consider raising smoking age

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont lawmakers are set to discuss tobacco. A bill has been introduced in the House that would raise the smoking age.

Right now, Vermonters can buy cigarettes at age 18. Rep. George Till wants to raise the legal age to 21. He says reducing access to tobacco products will reduce the number of people who smoke.

"Most of the cigarettes-- about 90-percent-- are bought by people in this age group, 18 to 21. And the younger somebody starts smoking, the more likely they are to be addicted," said Till, D-Jericho.

Till says fewer smokers will also mean reduced health care costs.

New York City became the first city in the country to raise the smoking age in November. Vermont would be the first state to make that move.

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