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Maryland considers raising smoking age to 21

WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. logo WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. 2/19/2019 WUSA Staff

Maryland could become the next state to raise its smoking age to 21.

Lawmakers are considering legislation to raise the age limit.

It would apply to all types of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and vaping devices.

Six states have already raised their tobacco purchase age to 21, and Virginia just approved legislation to raise the age limit, too.

Opponents say the law wouldn't keep tobacco out of the hands of young people, but supporters say it's a good public health policy.

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