A bill seeking to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old in Kentucky is effectively dead after it failed to clear the Senate’s Agriculture Committeee on Monday.
The bill, S.B. 249, failed by a final vote of 6-4, though it remains technically alive throughout the rest of the session. The bill could come up for another vote, however it is generally rare that such a move would happen.
The age increase in the bill would also apply to tobacco alternatives such as electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. It had received the support from Altria as the company supported putting the age for tobacco on par with alcohol and could be used to encourage FDA to relax proposed regulations on e-cigarettes and vaping products.
Seven states have raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old: Hawaii, California, Oregon, New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts and Virginia, which just enacted its law last week with it scheduled to go into effect on July 1.