Speech to Text for 18 to 21 Smoking Bill
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question. 3 u.s. senator todd young is hoping to reduce the amount of teens and young adults smoking with the proposal of a new bill.it would change the legal age to purchase tobacco and e cigarettes by three years.news 18's isabella caruso spoke with several people aboout this possible change.including local students.isabella how do they feel about it? 3every student i talked to told me they are in favor of this bill.in fact, they couldn't come up with any reasons as to not support it.the question now is- will it work? 3< nats cigarette light young "the sad thing is once you get hooked on cigarettes it's very difficult to get off." grant: "it's a lot easier for younger adults to fall into those habits they see people doing it in the movies and tv shows and they really just pick it up one time and they think it's cool and they can't really get out of it." that's exactly what u.s. senator todd young is hoping to prevent. young: "this is an epidemic. just between 2017 and 2018 we saw an increase in vaping and e-cigarette use across the country. so we know we have to stop this we know we have to stop it now." senator young is proposing a bipartisan bill that would increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 young: "this is a preventative health measure, in fact 95% of people who smoke actually started before the age of 21." and he has supporters.alting: "the drinking age in indiana is 21 so i would assume mirroring that with a smoking age, particularly with vape, which were seeing has an enormous increase of young people in smoking would be something that a. saves lives and b. would save everybody in healthcare costs." senator young says in just one year vaping and e-cigarette use increased by 80% in high schools and 50% in middle schools.grant: "there's a lot more kids vaping than smoking cigarettes." alison: "i think it's becoming so common it's almost like you don't blink twice when you hear about it." so common? even the senator has stories.young: "i've even heard from my thirteen-year- old daughter that this is a problem particularly in schools. my daughter is in seventh grade they actually are no longer having some dances at their school because they had had some young boys vaping." if passed, this bill would lead to a loss of cigarettes for some people, but a gain in healthcare affordability for others. young: "we could save 300 billion dollars in health care costs." one concern is: would 'underage smokers' obey this law or find a way to secure smoking and e-cigarette supplies another way? alting: "they may find a way around it but it's like alcohol you'll have to have identity, proof of i.d. to purchase it. it will have a lot larger effect on underage smoking than just leaving it at 18." while 18 ? 20-year-olds may feel like something is being taken away from them, it could be a fresh start with the younger crowd. alison: "i think for younger generations coming up it would make a huge difference on it but i think during the transition there would be some rocky areas."> 3 according to the centers for disease control and prevention indiana ranks 45th in the country for cigarette use.the hoosier state is 34th in the country for smokeless tobacco use.isabella caruso news 18.