While a bill seeking to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old in New Hampshire stalled earlier this year, it has found new life as a late amendment to the state’s budget bill, which is entering its final week of hearings before heading to the desk of Gov. Chris Sununu.
The budget is scheduled to get a full vote by the legislature on Thursday. While the full text of the budget remains to be seen, the increase would likely go into effect on July 1, 2020.
Ohio is also going through a similar process, with Gov. Mike DeWine having included an increase to the minimum age to purchase tobacco in his government, something that has remained in the bill through the legislative process. That bill is also scheduled for final hearings this week.