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Helena-West Helena City Council Votes to Raise Tobacco Sale Age

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. – The Helena-West Helena City Council voted to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in city limits from 18 to 21 on Tuesday evening.

The ordinance also includes e-cigarettes, officials said.

The council approved raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco unanimously, and the new law takes effect on September 1.

A 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine predicted that raising the tobacco sale age to 21 nationally would eventually reduce the smoking rate by 12 percent and reduce smoking-related deaths by 10 percent.

Helena-West Helena now joins 135 localities in nine states to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales, along with Hawaii and California.

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