New Hampshire Tobacco Purchase Age Increase Tabled

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A bill in New Hampshire to raise the minimum purchase age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old has been tabled, and effectively killed for this legislative session.

S.B. 545 was introduced by Sen. David Waters, D-Dover, and Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, and despite gaining some bipartisan support as well as a growing movement in the region to pass such increases, the bill received no debate when it went to the Senate floor on Thursday, and with a voice vote it was decided t to table it from further proceedings.

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While it’s not an absolute defeat, it effectively means the bill will not be heard again this session.

New Hampshire is the third state this week to defeat a tobacco purchase age increase proposal, joining South Dakota and Idaho.

Legislation remains active in WashingtonIllinois, UtahWest Virginia, Alabama and Florida to become the sixth state to pass such an increase; Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Maine and Oregon are the only states where the minimum age to purchase tobacco has been raised to 21-years-old, while in Utah it sits at 19.

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