Legislature overrides veto of bill raising tobacco purchasing age to 21

Legislature takes up LePage vetos

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP / NEWS CENTER) — Maine lawmakers on Wednesday overrode Gov. LePage's veto of a bill to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21 next year.

Both the House and Senate voted in favor of the override, 90-44 and 29-5, respectively, for LD 1170, An Act to Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products. Sen. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville, was the bill's sponsor.

The legislation will only apply to people who are 18 as of July 1, 2018.

Bill would raise legal age to buy tobacco products

LePage vetoed the bill last week, telling WVOM-FM it was "absolutely sinful."

"I am not going to strap a gun to their shoulder and go fight a war if they can't go buy cigarettes," the governor said. "I believe at 18, they are mature enough to make the decision."

© 2017 Associated Press


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