Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products

Last updated: Aug 2, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Alcohol / Tobacco / Guns
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Senator Paul Davis, Senate 4 - Piscataquis County
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1170

Position:

Oppose.

UPDATE: The Senate and House voted to override the veto. The House needed 90 votes to override and received 90 votes.

UPDATE: This bill has been veoted by Governor LePage.

UPDATE: The bill has passed the House and Senate. We expect the bill to be sent to the Appropriations Table for funding.

UPDATE: The committee has a majority Ought to Pass report.

Summary:

This bill raises the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age. The definition of "tobacco product" is expanded to include additional forms of tobacco and materials and devices used in the consumption of tobacco, including electronic smoking devices. The bill also changes the penalties for the unlawful sale and purchase of tobacco products.