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Adams County working to be the first in the state to raise smoking age

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ADAMS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Adams County could lead the way in raising the legal smoking age. You have to be 21 to drink legally and some Adams County leaders think 18 is too young to be lighting up. 

Buying cigarettes or any type of tobacco to light up at 18-years-old could soon be against the law if you live Adams County. Currently, it's allowed in all cities in the Mississippi.

“Over 530 kids a day begin smoking before the age of 18 and of that number, 10 percent of them will die of lung disease or heart disease, and I am trying to prevent that,” said Supervisor Mike Lazarus.

Adams County Supervisor Mike Lazarus is pushing for the county to be the first in the state to raise the smoking age to 21.

“We are looking out for the health and welfare of the children, and our board is behind it 100 percent,” added Lazarus.

Sergeant Cal Green with the Adams County Sheriff's Department also agrees with the board. Smoking was recently banned inside her department and in patrol cars. Green said she also kicked the habit this year after more than a decade.

“I started at 19," said Green. "It seemed like the cool thing to do and now I wish I hadn't done it.” 

But there are some in the county who think the idea of raising the smoking age should go up in flames.

“I think it is waste of time. We can focus on greater issues," said resident Randy Laird. "Let's have industrial hemp or legalize marijuana, let's cut the right arm of the mafia and reduce the OxyContin addiction.” 

They also feel the government shouldn't be interfering in in a person's private life.

“I think if you are 18 and you go and sign-up and die for your country, you should be able to go and drink a beer and smoke a cigarette if you want to,” said a resident.

Supervisor Lazarus said the county will host a public hearing sometime in next month to hear what the community has to say about the proposed ordinance.

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