Ohio County health administrator supports raising legal age to purchase tobacco

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Howard Gamble, Ohio County Health Department administrator, calls it “a wonderful public health concept.”

Gamble supports the initiative introduced by Senate President Mitch McConnell.

But Gamble says it would also have to be supported by state and local officials as well as the store owners who sell the products because that’s where the responsibility would lie.

“It’s on the owner of the store, or the owner of the venue where they sell the product,” he noted. “They have to make sure individuals come in, show their ID properly, and they sell properly. But we already do that with alcohol. And we already do that with cigarettes right now. And it will eventually include not only cigarettes but anything electronic–all vaping products.”

Gamble says smoking is the number one preventable cause of death, disease and disability.

He says it affects not only the lungs, but every part of the body from hair to skin to nails.

He says 12 states have already gone to age 21 to buy tobacco products, the nearest being Virginia.

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