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Marklien Proposes Tobacco-21 Legislation

By John Forester | August 5, 2019

From The Wheeler Report . . .

Sen. Howard Marklein is circulating a bill to raise the age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 in Wisconsin.  The proposal, called T-21, has seen significant momentum across the United States in the past few years.  According to Tobacco-21, “475+ cities and counties in 29 states” have taken action to raise the tobacco age to 21. Sen. Marklein’s proposal, LRB-2839, would raise the age for purchasing cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products from 18 to 21. The bill also prohibits the purchase of vapor products “by or on behalf of a person under the age of 21.”  The bill does not grandfather in current 18, 19 or 20-year olds, and does not make exemptions for active military persons. While Sen. Marklein is the lead author of the proposal, the bill has bipartisan legislators on the bill in both the Senate and the Assembly. The companion bill is being circulated by Rep. John Spiros in the Assembly.

Please note that the SAA has thrown its support behind the legislation.

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