The Utah State Legislature has passed one of the most confusing tobacco 21 bills in the United States. One that might get the ACLU involved before all is said and done. The bill raises the tobacco purchase age in the state from 19 to 21, unless you are a member of the military or have been honorably discharged then you can light up at 18. The purpose of the ACLU is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
As an editorial, if a person is old enough to vote, serve on a jury, pay tax or enlist in the military he or she should be allowed the same rights as someone who has chosen to enlist.
The measure which passed the house by a vote of 55-16-4 and the senate with a 15-12-2 vote now heads to the desk of Republic Governor Gary Herbert.