While it remains to see which state–if any–will become the third in the country to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21, a Florida senator is hoping it will be the Sunshine State.
Earlier this week, Sen. Darryl Ervin Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, introduced S.B. 1138, a bill that would raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21 as of July 1, should it indeed pass. The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee.
The bill does include an exemption for members of the military, which is part of the state’s current law. No other changes are being proposed in regards to fines for selling to a person under 21.
Florida joins several other states where age increases have been proposed this legislative session, including Idaho, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Maryland, Vermont, New Mexico, Indiana, Oregon, New York, Mississippi, Connecticut, Texas, Washington, Iowa and Nebraska.