Tennessee Not Likely to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age

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A bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and other nicotine delivery products in Tennessee has stalled in a committee as part of its journey to become law.

On Tuesday, HB 1978 was failed to receive a motion in the Tennessee House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee, effectively halting its process in that chamber. Its Senate companion bill, SB 1973, remains alive, but the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee didn’t take action on it on Tuesday, instead moving it to next week’s agenda.

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Hawaii remains the only state in the country where the minimum age to purchase tobacco products is 21, though that change could soon be coming to California as well, as a proposal currently sits on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after passing the state legislature, though it’s not clear if and when he will sign it after the tobacco industry has promised to contest it.

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