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Maryland Lawmakers, Organizations Eye Tobacco Buying Age Bill

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SALISBURY, Md. - Maryland lawmakers are, once again, eyeing the legal age to buy tobacco. Currently, Maryland law says you must be 18, but some people want that numbers bumped up to 21.

Organizations are jumping on board, including the American Cancer Society, to help the Tobacco 21 bill gain traction.

Last year, lawmakers pushed a similar bill, but time ran out and the bill did not go through. Now, Maryland's Legislative Black Caucus has announced its backing for the bill, adding more momentum as lawmakers prepare to head back to Annapolis for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly in January.

Meanwhile, parents on Delmarva say they're standing behind the bill too, but some question how effective the law will be.

According to the American Cancer Society, 95 percent of adults who smoke started before the age of 21. Maryland would become the seventh state to raise the legal age if the Tobacco 21 bill passes.

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