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The American Lung Association Disappointed in Military Exemption to Pennsylvania’s Tobacco 21 Bill

(November 27, 2019) - Harrisburg, PA

For more information please contact:

Valerie Gleason
[email protected]

Statement from the American Lung Association in response to the signing of Pennsylvania’s Tobacco 21 Bill into law by Governor Wolf on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

“Pennsylvania became the 19th state to enact legislation this week, raising retail sales age of tobacco products to 21 years old. Unfortunately, during the legislative process, an amendment was added to the bill that severely weakens the law by providing an exemption for active duty military and veterans. The Lung Association is disappointed in the amendment to this lifesaving legislation. We strongly support protecting all Pennsylvanians from the dangers of tobacco products and will continue to advocate for removing this unfortunate exemption.”


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