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Arizona Bill Seeks to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

There hasn’t been much tobacco-related legislation coming out of Arizona in recent years, but this year, the state’s legislature will deal with a bill seeking to raise the minimum age to purchase and possess tobacco and nicotine delivery products.

State Reps. Paul Boyer, D-20; Heather Carter, D-15; and Douglas Coleman, R-16 have filed HB 2335, which rewrites the minimum age of 18 with a proposal of 21-years-old. It also rewrites and reorganizes some of the definitions of tobacco products and other products covered by the change, as well as adds text requiring new signage for retailers.

The Arizona State House has not taken any action on the bill yet.

Arizona joins a growing number of states that will consider an increase to the tobacco purchase age, as New York, Oregon, North Dakota, Mississippi, Connecticut, Texas, Washington, Iowa and Nebraska all have similar bills in their legislatures.

 

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