North Dakota Could Increase Tobacco Purchase Age to 19


North Dakota has joined the growing list of states with bills seeking to raise the minimum age to purchase and use tobacco products.

State Rep. Pam Anderson, D-Fargo, has introduced House Bill 1312, which seeks to raise the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 19-years-old, a modest increase but one that is thought will lead to decreased tobacco use amongst teenagers. It is also seeking to make tobacco possession or use illegal by anyone under 19.


The change would also apply to e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine delivery devices.

The bill has already garnered the support of six members of the state House of Representatives and two members of the state Senate.

H.B. 1312 currently sits with the House Human Services Committee.

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