South Carolina Joins States Considering Tobacco 21

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South Carolina has joined the growing group of states that will be considering passing an increase to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old this legislative session.

In the Palmetto State, H.B. 3451 was introduced by Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, and seeks to make 21 the minimum age for both the purchase and possession of tobacco products and tobacco alternatives such as e-cigarettes. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it is awaiting further action.

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Also up for debate this session is H.B. 3274, which seeks to make tobacco laws a statewide matter and prohibit any other municipality in the state from passing its own laws. Rutherford is a co-sponsor of that bill as well.

Six states have already made 21 the minimum age to purchase tobacco products: Hawaii, California, Oregon, New Jersey, Maine and Massachusetts. Nearly a dozen other states currently have similar legislation being debated this session.

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