Senator Merv Riepe, Omaha, introduced a bill Thursday that would raise the age for smoking, chewing, or vaping to 21. The current minimum age to purchase tobacco products is 18. State and local governments across the country are exploring similar measures in their jurisdictions.
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The bill, if passed, means that possession of tobacco by someone under the age of 21 would be a misdemeanor, and there could br other penalties if you got caught buying tobacco for someone underage.
Senator Riepe states, “I know that if you can keep a young person from smoking just a few years later then maybe they’ll never get started."