Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Bill to Raise Tobacco Age to 21 Advances, With a Twist

Smokers hand
Clipart/Sergey Tryapitsyn

A bill that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in South Dakota to 21 passed a hurdle today, with an interesting twist.

House Bill 1250 was approved by the Health and Human Services Committee by a vote of 8 to 4. It amends SDCL 34-46-2 raising the minimum purchase age to 21. An interesting tidbit to this bill is that it also removes the section that makes attempting to purchase, possessing, or consumption of tobacco illegal.

In other words sellers would still be barred from selling tobacco to a minor. However, minors would not committing a crime by trying to buy it or possessing or using it if the bill were to pass.

If I’m reading this bill correctly it addresses access to tobacco without criminalizing those who would be caught in the middle were the law to change. Current 18, 19 and 20 year-olds wouldn’t be able to buy tobacco anymore, but they could still continue to possess and use them.

No language would be added that would bar minors under 18 from possessing or using tobacco. Buying tobacco and giving it to someone under 21 would be illegal.

House Bill 1274, which would raise tobacco taxes and outline how they are to be used, is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday.

Download Our Mobile App Today!


Subscribe to KDEZ-FM / Easy 100.1 on

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Enter your email to receive the latest news, contests, concert announcements and more directly to your inbox!

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kdez.production.townsquareblogs.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up to have exclusive Easy VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.