A state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation again that would increase the age to legally use tobacco products in West Virginia from 18 to 21.

Sen. Tom Takubo introduced a measure last legislative session to increase the age; his respective chamber passed Senate Bill 348 in a 20-14 vote, but the legislation failed to receive committee approval in the House of Delegates.

Takubo added he understands the argument about personal freedom, but certain products create public health hazards, such as cigarettes and second-hand smoke.

Ohio’s new regulation on purchasing tobacco products went into effect last week, no one younger than 21 can purchase cigarettes, tobacco products, or vaping products.