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Colorado won't hike tobacco age to 21

By Associated Press
Published On: Mar 19 2014 04:06:31 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 04:06:59 PM CDT
DENVER -

Colorado lawmakers have decided not to raise the tobacco age from 18 to 21.

The House Finance Committee rejected the proposal on Wednesday. It failed by a single vote.
    
Utah's Legislature recently rejected a bill to raise the smoking age there.
    
The proposal was inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers. Some cities already have 21-to-smoke laws, but Colorado would have been the first with a statewide law if it's approved.
    
Opponents said 18-year-olds are adults and should be trusted to make their own decisions on tobacco.

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