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Massachusetts could become the second state to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products.
Under a bill passed by the Senate last week, you would have to be 21 in order to buy tobacco or electronic cigarettes in Massachusetts. The legislation now goes to the House and the governor has not said whether he supports the measure.
Supporters say the increase will help prevent youth from smoking. But opponents say it doesn't make sense, because 18-year-olds are legally considered adults. They can join the military, get married, vote — so why not let them decide whether to smoke?
Jonathan Winickoff, pediatrician, assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and former chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium.
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This segment aired on May 2, 2016.