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Denver, Colo. to Consider Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase

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A proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21-years-old will get its first hearing in Denver, Colo. this week, as the city council’s Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee will hear and debate the proposal at its meeting on Wednesday.

In addition to the age increase, the bill would prohibit the sales of tobacco products via vending machines throughout the city and clarify language to support adequate enforcement of tobacco laws.

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The public will be given a 15-minute window to comment on the proposal should an individual wish to speak on the matter.

With a population of nearly 2.9 million residents, Denver is the 19th most populous city in the country.

Featured image by Flickr user Larry Johnson  [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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