underage smoking

Democrats Object to Allowing Police to Stop Young Motorists for Smoking

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, spiked a vote on her bill that raises the smoking age from 18 to 21 after a cadre of Democrats objected to a clause that would allow police to pull over young motorists if they thought they were smoking. Black motorists are already pulled over 30 percent more often than white motorists, raising racial justice concerns.

Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, told The Lund Report that he supports raising the tobacco age to 21, but he objected to a clause in the bill that would allow police officers to stop a vehicle simply because they thought an underage person was smoking.

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