Tobacco 21: Lane County Commissioner suggests grandfathering in current 18 year olds

EUGENE, Ore. - Lane County held the first of three readings Tuesday on an ordinance raising the legal age to buy or possess tobacco products to 21.

The goal is to delay legal access to tobacco, thereby decreasing the likelihood someone will pick up the habit.

Commissioner Jay Bozievich offered an amendment to the proposal Tuesday to grandfather in current 18 year olds.

Chris Friend with the American Cancer Society spoke against the amendment.

"We do have concerns with the grandfathering clause just for confusion reasons," Friend said, "and in that 3 year period of phasing in the ordinance, young people could take up the habit additionally."

There was no vote Tuesday on the proposal. It comes back for a second of three readings February 14.

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