With the passage of Senate Bill 25, Delaware legislators would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. This new law would apply to cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco substitutes, such as e-cigarettes and vaping devices. The bill would also eliminate a provision in the law that allowed parents or guardians to buy tobacco for an under-aged (under 18) teenager.
This bill is targeting retailers, not the minors or those between the ages of 18 and 21. Therefore, the bill eliminates current punishments in the law for minors who try to buy tobacco. Currently, a minor can be found delinquent and fined $50 and ordered to do community service. Retailers caught selling tobacco products to a person under 18 would be slapped with criminal fines ranging from $250 to $1,000, while those who are caught selling to people over 18 but under 21 would be subject to civil penalties of similar amounts.
Where is the bill now? Introduced and placed in the Senate Health & Social Services in 2/27/19.
Democratic Sponsors — Townsend, Minor-Brown, Griffith, Longhurst, Hansen, Lockman, Poore, Baumbach, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Chukwuocha, Seigfried
Republican Sponsors — Delcollo, Cloutier
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