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Assembly passes bill raising age for tobacco, vaping to 21

(FILE) The Wisconsin Assembly considers a bill that would raise the minimum smoking age from 18...
(FILE) The Wisconsin Assembly considers a bill that would raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21.(KWQC)
Published: Feb. 23, 2022 at 7:33 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2022 at 1:28 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would bring the state into compliance with federal law and raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

Federal law changed in 2019 and Wisconsin retailers have been enforcing the higher age limit. Because of that, the change in state law will have a minimal effect on how much tax revenue comes into the state, according to Wisconsin revenue officials.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote and it now heads to the Senate. If it passes there, it would head to Gov. Tony Evers for his consideration.

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