Idaho Senate Rejects Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase Bill

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Not every state is signing on to the recently passed federal increase of the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21-years-old, as on Thursday the Idaho Senate rejected SB 1308, which would have brought the state’s law in line with the federal law.

The bill was defeated on its third reading, with 22 senators voting no and just 10 in support, with three absent from the vote. The bill sought to make it illegal for anyone under 21-years-old to to possess, receive, purchase, use, or consume tobacco products or electronic cigarettes or to attempt any of those activities. It would also be illegal to use a false identification or misleading statements relating to tobacco use or possession.

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While many senators didn’t support tobacco use, several told KTVB.com that they didn’t like the government raising the age to 21-years-old and taking away the choice about whether or not to use tobacco from adults.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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