Nevada Assembly Approves Bill Increasing Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21-Years-Old

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On Tuesday, the Nevada Assembly gave its approval to AB 59, a bill seeking to raise the state’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, which would bring it inline with the federal minimum age.

The bill passed by a vote of 34-8, and will now be sent to the Senate for its consideration, with a pair of deadlines looming on the horizon. It must be passed out of committee by May 14 and by the full chamber by May 21 in order to continue its journey to becoming law.

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While the federal age to purchase tobacco products was increased to 21-years-old near the end of 2019, it has generally been up to the states to enforce that minimum, and with their own purchasing ages on the books, that has created some headaches for those tasked with enforcement. As such, many sates have passed their own laws to bring their minimum ages into alignment with the federal minimum age, and allow for enforcement to occur.

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