by: angela garrity
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah voted to increase the tobacco minimum purchase age. The passing of H.B. 324 modifies provisions related to an individual’s age and tobacco, tobacco paraphernalia or electronic cigarettes.
The stair stepped approach to implementing Tobacco 21 in the Beehive State will raise the statewide age from 19 to 20 on July 1st this year, and then from 19 to 21 on July 1st 2021.
The bill’s sponsor, Representative Steve Eliason, advised that the phasing period minimizes the number of adults who can buy tobacco products one day and then lose that ability the next.
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