/ Modified sep 3, 2019 9:59 a.m.

Pima County wants public input on smoking age

The proposal would raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21, including vaping e-cigarettes.

Vaping e-cigarette The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says e-cigarettes are unsafe for kids, teens and young adults.
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The Pima County Board of Supervisors wants to hear from the public about a proposal to raise the age to purchase tobacco, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21.

The Pima County Health Department will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss the proposed age increase.

The meeting will be held at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Rd, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A second public meeting will be at Tucson City Hall on Sept. 10 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pima County and the city of Tucson planned to raise the smoking age in August but put the votes off until later this month.

Comments from the public will be forwarded to the Pima County Board of Supervisors before the vote.

Members of the Tucson City Council said they plan to raise the age to purchase tobacco regardless of the Board of Supervisors decision.

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