DC Council approves raising smoking age to 21

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) – District of Columbia lawmakers have approved a bill raising the city’s smoking age to 21, but for the law to take effect, they’ll still need to come up with a way to pay for it.

The bill was approved Tuesday on a 10-3 vote and goes to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her signature. However, the mayor or the council will need to come up with $5 million over four years to offset an expected loss in tax revenue.

Dozens of cities have raised the smoking age to 21 in a bid to reduce smoking, but Hawaii and California are the only states that have done it.

For more polls, click here.

District lawmakers also voted Tuesday to ban smokeless tobacco from sports venues, a move that will affect the Washington Nationals and visiting teams.

Never miss another Facebook post from 8News

Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips toiReport8@wric.com.