Hiking tobacco age to 21: Colorado lawmakers vote Wednesday

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are set to vote on a proposal to raise the tobacco age from 18 to 21.

The House Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on the proposal Wednesday afternoon. The bill would have to clear the full House and then the Senate before it could become law.

Utah's Legislature recently rejected a bill to raise the smoking age there.

The proposal is inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers. Some cities including New York City already have 21-to-smoke laws, but Colorado would be the first with a statewide law if it's approved.

Opponents say 18-year-olds are adults and should be trusted to make their own decisions on tobacco.

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