Bill to raise age for sale of tobacco products moving through legislature

PIERRE, S.D. (KJJQ) – The House Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill that would raise the age for the sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21. It includes vaping products that contain nicotine.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative Carl Perry of Aberdeen, says this will bring state law in line with new federal regulations.

Several medical and retail groups spoke in favor of the measure. It was opposed by the American Cancer Society. David Benson spoke on their behalf. He says this bill does not go far enough.

Benson says mandatory compliance checks of retailers is a key part of that.

Perry says he recognizes that this bill is just a start.

The bill was approved on a 9-3 vote and now goes to the House Floor where there will likely be attempts at amendments.