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: Price Chopper Recalls Coleslaw, Stuffed Seafood Items
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: Massachusetts Companies Starting To Announce Vaccination Requirements For Employees
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: Worcester Father Carlos Betancourt Accused Of Swinging Knife, Then Baseball Bat At Teen Lifeguards
This year, an estimated 37,000 Massachusetts residents will be diagnosed with cancer. An estimated 12,600 will die from the disease.