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LB 149 - Increases State Smoking Age - Nebraska Key Vote

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Title: Increases State Smoking Age

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases the legal smoking age from 18 to 19.

Highlights:

 

  • Classifies the use of cigarettes, cigars, or electronic nicotine delivery systems by anyone under the age of 19 as a Class V misdemeanor (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that a person may be free from prosecution for this crime if they provide evidence for the conviction of the person that sold them the product (Sec. 1). 

  • Defines “electronic nicotine delivery system” as any product or device containing nicotine, tobacco, or tobacco derivatives that uses a mechanism to heat the substance and deliver it in a form that is meant to be inhaled (Sec. 2).

  • Classifies the distribution of any form of tobacco, cigarette, cigarette paper, electronic nicotine delivery system, or alternative nicotine product to a person under the age of 19 as a Class III misdemeanor (Sec. 3).  

  • Requires any person selling electronic nicotine delivery systems to obtain the same kind of license required from those selling cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products (Sec. 4). 

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