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LA city councilman wants to raise legal age to buy cigarettes

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A Los Angeles city councilman wants to prohibit anyone under the 21 from purchasing cigarettes in the city.

A Los Angeles city councilman wants to prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing cigarettes, though it's unclear whether the city has the authority to approve such a law. 

Councilman Paul Koretz's motion asks that the legal age for cigarettes be raised from 18 to 21 in the City of Los Angeles. A report from the City Attorney's Office will be considered by the Public Safety and Arts committees. 

"Smoking leads to tragedy and too many people are entrapped by this deadly habit at an early and exceedingly vulnerable age," Koretz said. "It is time here in the city of Los Angeles that we do something about it and help protect the future of our kids and their health."

When Koretz was a member of the Assembly, he tried to pass a similar bill for the entire state. AB 2205 ultimately failed. 

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