PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland is one step closer to raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.
On Monday night the city council approved moving the proposal forward.
The proposal only needed five votes to move it to committee, but the council approved moving it forward unanimously.
The ordinance would apply to products that include cigarettes, chewing tobacco and even nontobacco nicotine products such as vaporizers. Supporters say it would steer more people away from lighting up.
About 100 other cities, including Boston, New York and Chicago, already have raised the purchasing age to 21, along with the entire state of Hawaii. Some opponents to the proposal feel it will not keep young people from getting their hands on tobacco products.
Portland would be the first city in Maine to raise the purchasing age. Supporters say it’s a good start.
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