BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Tuesday rejected legislation banning anybody under 21 from buying cigarettes or electronic smoking goods in Idaho has failed in the House.
Lawmakers voted 40-28 against the measure that could have brought Idaho in accord with the national smoking age after President Donald Trump signed a regulation in 2019 that bars tobacco sales to anyone under 21. The measure had previously passed the Senate.
Supporters said Idaho stores are already abiding by federal law, but state law needs to be shifted to prevent confusion and confrontations in stores.
“This doesn’t change any regulation that’s already in effect in the state,” said the bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. John Vander Woude.
The proposed law would have prevented local governments from imposing more stringent regulations or taxation to the sale of tobacco products than what the state already does.
Opponents said individuals who can join the military at 18 or buy a house should be able to purchase smoking solutions.
“If you’re old enough to serve in the military, if you’re old enough to risk your life, I think you’re old enough to make your decision regarding smoking,” said Democratic Rep. John Gannon.