CT's Tobacco 21 Bill Dead.
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After being successfully voted out of the Public Health Committee by a vote of 22-4, Senate Bill 164 (Tobacco 21) was next sent to the Finance Committee because there was the potential for the state to lose some tax revenue should it pass. As is sometimes the case, politics intervened and killed the bill. The Senate Co-Chairs, neither of whom liked the bill, refused to allow the committee to vote on it. This was indeed disheartening and ultimately killed the bill.
We have made great strides with the issue this year, and it is important for us all to keep the “long game” view. The truth is that it usually takes years to pass any new legislation. This was our second serious year working the issue. We are up against a very powerful industry (tobacco) and it is very much a David vs. Goliath fight. However, we are on the right side of this issue and we will end up winning!! We will aggressively continue the fight to increase the tobacco sales age to 21 next session (January thru June)!