BHS teens ask town to raise the tobacco age

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BHS teens ask town to raise the tobacco age

(Boston Globe) April 15, 2012 — An effort led by high school students in Brookline could soon raise the legal age to buy tobacco products in the town from 18 to 19. The effort is being spearheaded by Eric Dumas, a senior at Brookline High School, and fellow members of the school’s peer leadership program. The group plans to ask Town Meeting in May to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco products, including cigarettes, to 19 years old within town lines. “Since very few students turn 19 while still in high school, raising this age would greatly reduce the number of students who can get their hands on tobacco products,’’ Eric Dumas told the town’s Board of Selectmen last week.

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