A bill that would have raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 in the state of Arizona was defeated—by a single person.

Rep. Jeff Weninger, R-Chandler, put a halt to the proceedings. The House Commerce Committee chairman said he thought adults, individuals who are 18 or older, should have the right to make adult decisions. As such, he refused to allow a hearing on the bill.

H.B. 2325 had bipartisan support. It was introduced by Rep. Paul Boyer, R-20; Heather Carter, D-15; and Douglas Coleman, R-16.

As of now California and Hawaii are the only states with laws requiring individuals to be 21 to purchase tobacco, though a host of other states are currently debating similar measures.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Rep. Paul Boyer as a Democrat; he is a Republican. We regret the error.

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Charlie Minato

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