Local residents pleased with recent tobacco law

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A recent law was passed making it illegal for retailers to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

Before this law, people the age of 18 (19) in Alabama could purchase these products.

Some people don’t mind the new law.

“I think that’s a good law that they passed from 18 to 21 because you know smoking really ain’t good for you, but that’s a good law,” Dothan local Joe Guilford said. “I’m not against that I’m with that. Even though I used to smoke, I don’t smoke no more.”

This law may have a big effect on tobacco product retailers.

According to the CDC, the number of high schoolers and middle schoolers using e-cigarettes rose from 3.6 million in 2018 to 5.4 million in 2019. Some people think people at 18 should be able to purchase the products.

“I think, I don’t smoke,” an anonymous resident said. “So, I’m not gonna say I’m against it, but I am going to say I think they’re old enough to make their decision.”

When it comes to product sales, some think it will be fine.

“It shouldn’t hurt you know, it’s just a lot of these younger folks shouldn’t be smoking anyway,” Guilford said.

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