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Proposal to raise smoking age clears Senate

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A customer exhales vapor while using an electronic cigarette at the NXNW Vapor store in Sacramento, California, last year. (Bloomberg photo by David Paul Morris)

SANTA FE — New Mexicans would have to be 21 or older to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products under legislation that won approval 38-0 in the Senate on Thursday.

The legislation, Senate Bill 342, now goes to the House for consideration.

The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, said it has an exemption for active-duty military personnel and a grandfather clause to allow young adults who are already 18 now to keep buying .

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