SF Mayor raises age to buy tobacco products to 21

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Soon, you'll have to be at least 21-years-old to buy tobacco products in San Francisco after Mayor Ed Lee signed a sweeping new law at city hall on Friday.

It raises the age to buy cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 in the city.

It begins in July.

RELATED: California Gov. Jerry Brown may approve bill to raise smoking age to 21

State lawmakers followed the city's lead on Thursday by approving a similar bill covering all of California.

It's now up to Governor Jerry Brown to sign that statewide law into effect.