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Louisiana House Defeats Tobacco Purchase Age Increase

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Louisiana will not be joining the Tobacco 21 movement, at least not via legislation passed at the state level.

On Thursday, the state’s House of Representatives defeated H.B. 38 on its third reading by a vote of 24-55, bringing an end to its legislative journey this session. The bill was introduced by Rep. Frank Hoffman, R-15.

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The bill went through several amendments prior to the final vote, including adding exemptions for military personnel, first responders and law enforcement, as well as people who would have turned 18 prior to the increase’s proposed effective date, but it was not enough to appease opponents, with some calling all the exemptions confusing and thus a burden on retailers.

Even without Louisiana, the Tobacco 21 movement has had great success in 2019, adding several states to bring the total to more than a dozen that have raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.

The state could still see the minimum age to purchase tobacco products go up to 21-years-old as several bills are currently being considered at the federal level, including one sponsored by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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