A group of bipartisan representatives has proposed legislation in the Vermont House of Representatives that would see the state’s age requirement increase from 18 to 21. In total, 26 representatives introduced H.616, which would not only ban the sale of tobacco to those under 21, but also make possession of tobacco products illegal.

Late last year, New York City became the first major city to enact a law banning sales to those under 21, although possession will remain legal. Similar legislation has been proposed in UtahWashington D.C. and various parts of Massachusetts.

Each piece of legislation has been slightly different and Vermont’s is no different. Members of the military between the ages of 18 and 20 will still be able to legally purchase and possess tobacco products so long as they have valid military identification if the law passes.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.