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Bill raising age to buy tobacco, vaping products passed by Pa. Senate

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is one step closer to raising the minimum age for buying tobacco and vaping products.

The state Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that would raise the age from 18 to 21.

Senate Bill 473 was approved by a vote of 43-6.

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Sen. Mario Scavello introduced the legislation, which points to "an ever-increasing number of teens ages 15-17 that are getting cigarettes from their 18-year-old high school peers."

The bill now goes to the House.