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Two states look to raise smoking age to 21

UTAH/COLORADO (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two states with the some of the nation's lowest smoking rates are taking the fight even further.

Utah and Colorado lawmakers want to treat tobacco like alcohol and make it only available starting at age 21.

Both proposals face several more votes.

Doctors say about 90-percent of cigarettes purchased for minors are bought by people between 18 and 20 years old.

Utah has the nation's lowest smoking rate, at about 12-percent in 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Colorado is at 18-percent.