The Tobacco 21 movement has found its first victory in Connecticut, as on Monday the Hartford City Council approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old.
The proposal received the council’s unanimous support at the Oct. 22 meeting and has been sent to the mayor for his signature. It goes into effect 180 days after its adoption, which would be at the end of April 2019.
Retailers who sell tobacco or tobacco alternatives to a person under 21 will face a minimum fine of $250 per violation, and could have their tobacco retailers license suspended or revoked for multiple violations.
Hartford is the capitol of Connecticut and has a population of 123,400 residents, making it the fourth most populous city in the state.