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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase Bill

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The Pennsylvania State Senate has passed a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase, possess and use tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21-years-old.

S.B. 473, introduced by Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe County, passed its third reading on Wednesday by a 43-6 vote, sending it to the House of Representatives. In addition to the age increase, it seeks to strengthen laws against the use of tobacco products on school grounds and related places, both by students and non-students. It would make it a crime for a person under 21-years-old to lie about their age in order to purchase or otherwise receive tobacco products.

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Currently, 18 other states as well as the District of Columbia have passed what is referred to as Tobacco 21 legislation, with a number of other states either currently considering similar bills or expected to do so in their upcoming legislative sessions.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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