The tobacco age requirement may be raised from 18 to 21 if newly proposed bills in Utah and Colorado pass. Passing these bills would mean that these two states will require citizens to be older than in any other state in the nation. This is a similar quest previously sought by former mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City. His bill passed last year and is about to be upheld in the Big Apple when this law takes affect in a couple of months.
Meanwhile, according to Reuters on Feb. 21, a Utah Senate health committee hearing that took place this was led by the wheelchair ridden, oxygen tank wearing Betty Lawson who suffers pulmonary disease.
The 86-year-old longtime smoker said, "I think a picture is worth a thousand words. I'm that picture."
This admitted smoker who started smoking less than two decades ago called the act of smoking "a creeping, insidious thing" and is hoping the new bill will pass and then become law starting on Jan. 1, 2016.
Meanwhile, Colorado legislation is setting out to get a similar bill signed as the one being proposed in Utah and being practiced in New York City.
By way of background, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have calculated that some 42 million are smokers in this country.
And so, as a tobacco age 21 law is taking shape in Utah and Colorado, the age limit will be raised upwards from 18 if these bills are passed and then take affect in their respective states.