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Utah Lawmakers Kill Bill That Would Have Raised Smoking Age To 21

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File photo of a man smoking a cigarette. (credit:  KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a man smoking a cigarette. (credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators have killed a bill that could have made their state the first in the country to raise the age for legal tobacco purchases to 21.

Similar measures are pending in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Maryland lawmakers rejected a version of the plan last month.

The bills follow a precedent-setting New York City regulation last year that put the legal age for tobacco purchases at 21.

The Utah Senate voted 12-16 against the bill Monday, arguing that the proposal infringes on the rights of legal adults to purchase a legal product.

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