A pair of legislators in South Dakota have introduced a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old.
H.B. 1250 was introduced on Wednesday by Rep. Leslie J. Heinemann, R-8, and Sen. Alan Solano, R-32. It has not yet been assigned to a committee for a hearing.
Five states—Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Maine and Oregon—have made 21 the minimum age to purchase tobacco, while several other states currently have legislation under consideration to join that group. Bills in Indiana and Mississippi have already been defeated this session.