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Bill would raise Alabama’s minimum tobacco use age to 21

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Cashier Bernice Bragg stocks cigarettes while working her shift at Grub Mart in Jacksonville. An Alabama legislator has pre-filed a bill that would raise the legal tobacco use age from 19 to 21 years old.  (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

Richard Barker puffed his first cigarette as a teenager.

The Jacksonville resident stuck with the habit for more than 30 years before finally quitting in 2016 when his health began declining. Barker, 55, has felt much better ever since.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.