Poll: Support growing to raise smoking age to 21 in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new poll says legislation that would raise Washington's smoking age to 21 has more support than keeping the legal age to buy tobacco at 18.

A survey by independent pollster Stuart Elway released at a news conference Wednesday says 65 percent of voters back hiking the smoking age to 21, while 35 percent oppose a potential raise.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the legislation to boost the smoking age, which has a hearing in the House on Wednesday.

The survey of 500 registered voters was taken Dec. 28-30 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Hawaii recently became the first state to raise its smoking age to 21, and in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie didn't act on a bill Tuesday that would have hiked the state's smoking age to 21, so it remains at 19.