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Tobacco 21 Gains Momentum in NH

Tobacco 21 in NH is more a When than an If. 

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Tobacco control advocates in NH have a lot to celebrate, despite an unsuccessful attempt to raise the legal sales age for tobacco. The bill to raise the sales age for tobacco from 18 to 21 years failed to pass the NH Senate in February. However, with the support of youth and advocates among several health organizations, the bill was voted favorably out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and received a great deal of serious consideration among lawmakers. Without a majority of votes to pass the full Senate, a bipartisan decision to table the bill without debate, was reached. While this ends the legislation for 2018, the American Heart Association is pleased with the momentum the issue has attained in NH. Advocates will continue to work on building support by seeking passage of local ordinances to raise the age to sell tobacco in a few key communities.

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