Utah Bill Proposes Raising Smoking Age To 21

In the state of Utah the legal age to purchase tobacco is 19 but that could change as bill has been proposed by  Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, and Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Salt Lake City that would raise set the new age at 21.

The bill, H.B. 157 would forbid the sale or distribution of cigarettes, tobacco products or e-cigarettes to anyone under 21.

As the bill is currently written a first violation would result in a penalty up to $300, a second violation within 12 months would carry up to a $750 and a third violation in the same 12 months, would carry up to a $1000 fine.

The Utah State Legislature meets next week and the bill will be considered at that time.

 

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