legal smoking age

Military Department Backs Age 21 For Tobacco As Chance of Passage Slips

Representatives of the Oregon National Guard support changing the culture of the military and putting tobacco out of reach for younger guard members, but Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a committee vote on SB 754 on Thursday. Sen. Peter Courtney’s longstanding reliance on tobacco cash for political campaigns casts doubts on the Democrats’ commitment to the legislation.

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a vote on Senate Bill 754, which would raise Oregon’s legal age for tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, telling The Lund Report the bill would return to the agenda “when she had 16 votes.”

Multnomah County Commissioners Suggest Raising Tobacco Age to 21

A state undercover inspection found that a 16-year-old was able to buy tobacco products 31 percent of the time in Multnomah County outlets, as the county and state do not require a license to sell tobacco. The illegal sales rate in King County, Wash., is one-half to one-fifth the rate of Multnomah County.

A pair of Multnomah County commissioners floated the idea of raising the age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in the county to 21, which a county staffer confirmed is within the county’s discretion.

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