Earlier this week, Lehi became the first city in Utah to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 19 to 21-years-old. Today, a state representative introduced a bill to pass the same kind of increase statewide.
Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, has introduced H.B. 324, which would progressively increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternatives. Specifically, the bill would require that beginning July 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020, a person would need to be at least 20 years of age. The minimum age would increase to 21-years-old on January 1, 2020.
The bill has been referred to the House Rules Committee for initial discussion.