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.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.