Springfield to consider raising minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21

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While the statewide minimum age is 18, individual communities can adopt local ordinances raising it higher than that. SPRINGFIELD - The city Public Health Council is planning a public hearing on Wednesday to hear opinions on whether the city should restrict the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to people age 21 or older. The public hearing is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Springfield Public Library Central Office in the community room on the ground floor. The city currently restricts tobacco sales to anyone under age 18, which also the statewide minimum age. State law requires stores to check age of anyone who looks 27 or younger trying to purchase cigarettes.  While the statewide minimum age is...

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