Arizona State Representative Says Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase Won’t Advance

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A bill seeking to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Arizona to 21-years-old isn’t going to advance, according to one of its supporters.

Rep. John Allen, R-Scottsdale, told Capitol Media Services that there aren’t the votes to advance the bill, S.B. 1147, that was seemingly more about restricting cities and counties from creating their own tobacco sales and advertising restrictions than it was about raising the age to purchase the products. Allen called the age increase a carrot he offered in exchange for making sure there would be no additional restrictions on tobacco products and e-cigarettes implemented. The bill would have allowed the state to pass more stringent restrictions, but nothing at the local level.

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Arizona joins Louisiana as having Tobacco 21 bills defeated this week, however federal legislation being considered could raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco nationwide to 21-years-old.

 

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