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Lane County Boosts Legal Tobacco Age To 21


Smoke ’em if you got ’em, as long as you are also old enough to drink in Oregon.

Lane County commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to raise the minimum age for buying or using tobacco to 21, up from 18.

Lane County commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to raise the minimum age for buying or using tobacco to 21, up from 18.

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Lane County will be the first county in the state to raise the minimum age for buying or using tobacco, going up from age 18 to 21. On a 3-2 vote, the Lane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved an ordinance raising the legal tobacco age countywide, including in Eugene, Springfield and the 10 other cities in the county.

The new county ordinance is the latest in the growing Tobacco 21 campaign, an effort to pass similar local and state laws around the country. California and Hawaii have statewide laws setting the minimum age for tobacco purchase or use at 21, and Oregon lawmakers are pursuing legislation.

Commissioners Faye Stewart, Pat Farr and Pete Sorenson voted Tuesday for the tobacco age ordinance in Lane County. Commissioners Jay Bozievich and Sid Leiken voted against it.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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