Valentine’s Day might be a good day for lovers, but it was a bad day for those looking to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, as legislators in South Dakota defeated a bill seeking the increase, making it the second state to nix such the change today.
H.B. 1250 was introduced on Jan. 31 by Rep. Leslie J. Heinemann, R-8, and Sen. Alan Solano, R-32, and cleared its first legislative hurdle when it was approved 8-4 by the House Health and Human Services Committee on Feb. 6. However, it met its defeat on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon.
The bill had yet to go to the Senate for its consideration.
Legislators in Idaho today also rejected a bill seeking to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products. The two states join Indiana and Mississippi where tobacco purchasing age increases have been defeated this year. Legislation remains active in Washington, Illinois, Utah, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Alabama and Florida.
Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Maine and Oregon remain the only states where the minimum age to purchase tobacco has been raised to 21-years-old, while in Utah it sits at 19.