Arkansas Legislator Introduces Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase Bill

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Add Arkansas to the growing list of states that will consider raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old this session, as a bill has been introduced into the state House of Representatives seeking to do just that.

The bill, H.B. 1519, was filed into the House on Tuesday by Rep. Lee Johnson, R-Greenwood, and has already garnered the support of 13 other representatives and four state senators.

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It would not only make the purchase of tobacco products by someone under 21-years-old illegal, it would also apply to the possession and use of tobacco, as well as vapor products, alternative nicotine products, e-liquid products, and cigarette papers. The bill does create an exemption for a person who is an active member of the United States Armed Forces and can produce valid identification, meaning they would only be required to be 18-years-old to purchase, possess or use such products.

The bill is currently awaiting assignment to a committee.

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