State legislators discuss raising minimum age to buy tobacco

The current minimum in Wisconsin is 18

MADISON, Wis. — Lawmakers in Wisconsin held a hearing on a bipartisan bill Thursday that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

The bill would bring Wisconsin into compliance with federal law.

“The adolescent brain is very sensitive to nicotine,” Children’s Wisconsin Dr. Louella Aos said. “It affects behavior, depression, anxiety and the brain is still developing in these teenagers.”

Without this legislation, the state could lose out on millions of dollars in federal funding.