California Senate Takes Action on Key Bills Today

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California Senate approves increase in legal age to buy tobacco

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF

With no debate and bipartisan support, the state Senate voted 26-8 on Tuesday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in California from 18 to 21.

Senate Bill 151 aims to keep cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers. Nine in 10 smokers take up the habit by age 18, according to the American Lung Association in California, and 36,000 California kids start smoking each year.

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