RALEIGH A new bill in the N.C. legislature would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt), who is also a physician, would raise the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products in N.C. to 21 years old. Current state law is 18 years old.”Over 90 percent of smokers become addicted prior to the age of 21 and recently North Carolina ranked second in the country in people aged 18-25 who used tobacco products for the first time,” said Murphy. “While we still acknowledge the personal right to smoke, it is time we got tobacco products out of the hands of our youth and help them lead longer and healthier lives.”The measure also includes raising the age limits on cigarette wrapping papers and vapor products. It makes an exception for people age 18 to 20 who are serving in the armed forces. Co-sponsors of the measure include Reps. Bert Jones (R-Rockingham), Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth) and Holly Grange (R-New Hanover).Lobbying efforts to raise the minimum age for tobacco began in earnest in 2005 and have led mostly municipalities to enact higher age limits with 220 cities passing them across the country. Hawaii and California raised the tobacco age to 21 in recent years. Currently in N.C. a law passed in 2013 to ensure statewide uniformity prevents local governments from making their own ordinances governing the sale of tobacco and tobacco-derived products.
RALEIGH Senators Jay Chauduri (D-Wake), Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe), Angela Bryant (D-Nash), and Joyce Waddell (D-Mecklenburg) filed Senate Bill 588 Tuesday to remove requirements that abortions be performed in a certified facility by a […]
MOORESVILLE, N.C. Home improvement retailer Lowe’s reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales and profit and cut its full-year earnings forecast, sending its shares down in premarket trading on Wednesday.Analysts had expected a stronger performance for the […]
RALEIGH The House Elections Committee voted to approve legislation Tuesday to add party labels to judicial candidates for district and superior court elections. The proposal comes in an era of increasing litigiousness between government […]