Idaho could join the small group of states to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, as a bill has been introduced into the state Senate.

S.B. 1255 was introduced by Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, who tried to pass similar legislation in 2017, only to have it die in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Martin told the Idaho County Free Press that he revised the bill based on feedback from the previous session, as well as received an attorney general opinion on the constitutionally of the proposal.

If it passes, it would be illegal for a person under 21-years-old to purchase or possess tobacco and alternative tobacco products.

The bill has once again been referred to the Senate’s State Affairs Committee.

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