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Push to raise age limit for tobacco products in Pueblo

Posted at 10:17 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 10:17:49-05

PUEBLO — Health leaders in Pueblo want to make it more difficult for kids and teenagers to buy any tobacco products and to cut down on the city's relatively high smoking rate.

The Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment made a presentation on the topic to City Council this week.

Their plan includes raising the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 from the current age of 18. They have a number of goals but the main intention is the "safety of our youth and preventing them from using tobacco products," says Health Promotion Specialist Ayanna Marshall.

Right now City Council has not set a timeline for considering a change to the tobacco buying age. News 5 will continue to track any new devleopments.