BOSTON (AP) — Over 100 cancer patients, survivors and their families from across Massachusetts are planning to gather at the Statehouse to press lawmakers to support efforts to protect young people from nicotine addiction.
At the top of the agenda is a bill that would increase the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.READ MORE: More Than 490,000 Lose Power As Nor'easter Hits Massachusetts
The legislation would also include e-cigarettes in the smoke-free workplace law and ban the sale of tobacco products in facilities that provide health care, such as pharmacies.READ MORE: Baker Open To Supporting 'Premium Pay' Bonuses Of Up To $2,000 For Massachusetts Essential Workers
About 95 percent of adults who smoke started by age 21.
Wednesday’s visit to Beacon Hill is part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s annual lobby day.MORE NEWS: Family Of Young Brain Cancer Survivor Speaks On Interaction With Tom Brady: 'It Was Crazy, I Didn’t Believe It'
This year, an estimated 37,000 Massachusetts residents will be diagnosed with cancer. An estimated 12,600 will die from the disease.