Raising the age for legal tobacco purchases

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. New legislation currently in the Colorado House would change the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 in Colorado.

High schoolers Garrett Phillips and Drew Luke agree with the legislation.

"A lot of kids in this area are pressured into things like that," says Luke. "It really starts to get old after a while because it just really not a healthy thing to do."

But not everyone agrees.

"I'm 19 years old I just became legal to buy cigarettes in every state," says Aimee Spears. "I've been smoking since I was 12 and I think once you turn 18-years-old if you're able to be charged as an adult for things you should be allowed to buy cigarettes."

Senator Steve King is backing the new legislation and says it brings consistency to all of Colorado's vice laws.

"If you gamble you need to be 21, if you smoke marijuana you need to be 21, if you drink you need to be 21," says Senator King. "All we're saying is that if you're going to smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products you need to be 21 years of age to purchase that."

If the legislation is passed there will be a three year grandfather clause for those already over 18.

Senator King says he expects the legislation and the extensive discussion that will come with it, to make it's way out of the house and into the senate in the next two weeks.


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