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.
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 Washington, Illinois, Utah, West 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.