Chamber of Commerce proposes raising legal smoking age

Indiana lawmakers are concerned about a proposal to raise the state's legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 10:30 AM

Indiana lawmakers are concerned about a proposal to raise the state's legal age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.

The proposal is being backed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The business group says Indiana needs to reduce its smoking rate that it says causes three-billion dollars in heath care costs each year.

Republican house speaker Brian Bosma says he has trouble telling military members they can be sent to Iraq -- but they can't buy cigarettes.

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