Will NC raise the smoking age to 21? The only doctor in the state House wants the change

A smoker lights up outside Woody's Sports Tavern & Grill in Cary. An NC House bill would make it illegal for people under 21 to buy or receive tobacco products, tobacco-derived products, vapor products and cigarette wrapping papers unless they’re active-duty military. 2010 News & Observer file photo

Raising the age in North Carolina may prove harder than in states without deep connections to the golden-leafed crop, but bill sponsor Rep. Gregory Murphy, a Greenville Republican, said he has good support for the measure.

“North Carolina has a very tobacco rich history, and it’s helped build the state, but we now know the risks,” he said. “Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the earth, and kids get addicted to nicotine with vaping.”

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