CT Tobacco 21 Bill Enjoys Favorable Public Hearing.
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Senate Bill 164, which will increase the tobacco sales age in CT to 21, is now before the Public Health committee. If passed, this bill will increase the sales age on ALL tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. It will also “grandfather” 18-20-year-olds to minimize any potential loss of revenue over the next two years, which is important to a state that is again facing a budget deficit. Finally, the health benefits of this bill will also include our members of the military.
This bill had its public hearing on Tuesday, March 20th before the Public Health committee. Those testifying in favor of the bill were very well received and there was virtually no opposition except from the “vaping” community who claim their products are less harmful and thus should not be included in the bill. Our lobbying team did a great job explaining to the legislators exactly why those products are in the bill, that they are in fact harmful, and are becoming increasingly popular with middle school and high school students. We expect the Public Health committee to vote on the bill no later than Wednesday, March 28. As updates become available on this important bill, we will keep you in the loop!