Arizona Legislator Will Reintroduce Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase Bill

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The Tobacco 21 movement will once again find itself doing battle in Arizona, as Sen. Heather Carter (R-Cave Creek) has said that she will reintroduce a bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.

Additionally, Carter said her bill will subject vaping products to the same regulations as tobacco products, which will mean that they would be banned from use indoors, and would require any retailer to obtain a license to sell them.

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Carter said she will introduce the legislation once the Arizona Legislature reconvenes in Jan. 2020.

A similar proposal was considered during the 2019 session, though it was effectively defeated by Rep. Jeff Weninger, R-Chandler, and chairman of the House Commerce Committee, refused to hold a hearing on the bill, saying that he thought adults, individuals who are 18 or older, should have the right to make adult decisions.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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