King County board: Age to buy tobacco should be 21

King County board: Age to buy tobacco should be 21
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SEATTLE (AP) -- The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Board is asking the Legislature to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in Washington from 18 to 21.

Board President Pat Godfrey tells KIRO-FM you have to be 21 to buy alcohol and marijuana, so a substance as harmful as tobacco should have the same age restriction.

Godfrey says raising the age to 21 would help reduce the number of teens who try smoking and become addicted.