Tom MacDonald has been following council hearings at city hall, and has this update:

    Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Public Health and Human Services heard testimony on a bill to increase the fines to merchants who sell cigarettes to underage teens.

    Health Secretary Dr Donald Schwartz came to the hearing with a box full of cigarettes purchased by underage investigators in city stores.

    The goal of the the hearing is to increase the fines from 100 dollars to anywhere to 300 to two thousand dollars depending on the number of offenses.

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    You must be 18 to purchase cigarettes in Philadelphia.

    More on council reaction to the testimony later on All Things Considered.

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