SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered this statement on Gov. Jay Inslee signing his agency request proposal to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21:
“After five years of fighting for change, our agency request Tobacco 21 legislation became Washington law. I’m proud that because of our collective action, fewer children will lose their freedom by getting addicted to nicotine, fewer Washingtonians will suffer from pain associated with smoking-related illnesses, and fewer family members will grieve the loss of loved ones whose lives were cut unnecessarily short. This couldn’t have happened without champions like Rep. Paul Harris, Rep. Tina Orwall, Sen. Patty Kuderer, Secretary of Health John Wiesman, and the countless parents, teachers and students who made their voices heard in Olympia. Today is a testament to what we can achieve when we come together to make our state a better place to live.”
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Brionna Aho, Communications Director, (360) 753-2727; firstname.lastname@example.org