CT Signs Bill to Raise Tobacco Age 21

Courtesy of THINKSTOCK

Courtesy of THINKSTOCK

Governor Ned Lamont signed a bill Tuesday that raised the tobacco age from 18 to 21 years old. The bill includes a restriction on all things tobacco including vapes, cigars, cigarettes, and tobacco paraphernalia. The Tobacco 21 bill won passage in the house in mid-May and cleared the Senate two weeks leader.

This fall the states Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are responsible for going into businesses and conducting compliance checks on tobacco dealers. If the dealers do not follow all of the rules included in the bill the first fine is up to 300 dollars, a second violation can be as much as 750 dollars, and up to 1,000 dollars for any following violation. Lamont and other law makers made sure to include in the state budget a 40 percent-per-milliliter tax on electronic cigarettes liquid, and 10 percent tax on the wholesale price of all vaping products in stores.

These types of increases on all things tobacco effect the businesses owners mostly. The businesses who distribute tobacco products rely on the younger population to purchase the products at a higher rate than the older population. Even though it helps keep dangerously addictive products out of the hands of youths, it does hurt some of the tobacco profits for certain businesses.

Connecticut is the 15th state and one of hundreds of towns to have passed a similar tobacco bill, and each state and town is looking to take an initiative to stop such addictive products to reach the hands of young citizens.

QNNMatt McAuliffe