Utah Lawmakers Look to Raise Smoking Age
Published on October 02, 2013 at 11:43AM
Utah may have the highest rate among the states for the allowed age to have tobacco, but some legislators want to raise the age limit higher. It is currently 19 and those looking to change it want it to be 21. Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, is writing a bill for the issue. He said that if people haven’t started to smoke at 21, studies show they are very unlikely to ever begin to do so. Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, is writing another bill. He said that the age most smokers become addicted to tobacco is around the age of 20. Utah also isn’t the only place looking to raise the smoking age to 21. Texas and New Jersey have had some similar bills be introduced. Hot debates have been started between doctors and the tobacco industry in those states. There are only three other states where the age limit to buy tobacco is 19. They are Alaska, Alabama, and New Jersey. The reason Utah raised the age limit from 18 to 19 was because of the confusion whether or not 18-year-old high school students could legally smoke on campus.