Nevada bill to raise smoking age to 21

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Assembly passed a bill to raise the age for adults to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 up to 21.

Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler’s bill was introduced Sunday, the day before lawmakers adjourn for two years. It was passed overwhelmingly by the Assembly and sent to the Senate for consideration.

The bill makes an exception for members of the military, leaving the smoking age at 18.

Wheeler said those military members would be able to present their military I.D. when purchasing tobacco products. If the bill is passed before midnight Monday and approved by the governor, the law would not take effect until July 2021 — after the next legislative session.
 

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