- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A state legislative committee has turned down a bill that would have raised the legal age to use tobacco from 19 to 21.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1ne8mmT ) that the House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted the bill down Monday. The bill had a projected $2 million per year loss in state revenue.

Republican Rep. Kraig Powell had argued that increasing the minimum age would have stopped younger kids from getting their 19- and 20-year-old friends to buy them cigarettes.

Josh Daniels from the Libertas Institute was in favor of keeping the age at 19, saying that the Legislature should not criminalize adult behavior.

The bill would have gone into effect in July 2018.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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