Earlier this week, the Nevada Senate gave its approval to AB 59, a bill that if signed into law by the governor will bring the state into alignment with the federal minimum age of 21-years-old to purchase tobacco.
The bill was passed by a vote of 14-7, which means it now heads to the desk of Gov. Steve Sisolak for his signature. While there was significant support, there was also a bit of objection from senators who cited the discrepancy the bill would create between the age to purchase tobacco and other adult activities such as serve in the military, get married or buy a house.
The bill passed the Assembly in mid-April by a 34-8 vote.
The federal age to purchase tobacco products was increased to 21-years-old near the end of 2019, however it has generally been up to the states and local municipalities to enforce that minimum. To do that, many states have had to update their own purchasing ages to enable those tasked with enforcement to do so.