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Why Does The American Heart Association Oppose A Bill Raising The Tobacco Smoking Age?

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It’s a known fact that smoking tobacco isn’t good for your heart, lung, and can cause cancer. But the leading groups on those very things are opposed to a bill that would raise the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. WFSU’s Blaise Gainey speaks with American Heart Association’s Government Relations Director Mark Landreth about why they oppose the proposed legislation.

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  1. Why is the American Heart Association against proposed legislation that would increase the age of
      sale for tobacco to 21?
  2. Would you rather it passes in its current form or not at all?
  3. What does this do for state preemptions on local laws?
  4. Is it a bad thing that minors will be punished for purchasing tobacco illegally?
  5. Why include nicotine dispensing products as a tobacco product?
Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.