Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced that he will sign a bill raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the state to 21-years-old on Monday.
The bill, H.B. 1169, was passed by the state legislature in March and finalized by the House in early April after the two chambers debated whether there should be an exemption for active duty members to the military with valid identification. Ultimately, the exemption won out and was added to the final version of the bill.
The increase will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2019.
Maryland is one of roughly a dozen states to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21-years-old, and one of several to do so this year. New York has a bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has indicated that he will sign it, while active legislation is also being considered in Iowa, Florida,and Texas, with that state’s Senate approving the bill. Additionally, federal legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21-years-old nationwide has been introduced via several bills.
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