[r53] Rep. Cherry gets tobacco bill enacted into law (4/6/2011)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Start Date: 4/6/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/6/2011

Legislation authored by Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) was signed by the governor today to ensure dissolvable and other tobacco products are placed behind counters, out of the reach of minors at convenience and grocery stores.

"These tobacco products resemble toothpicks, breath mints and other non-tobacco related dissolvable products," said Rep. Cherry.

"There are concerns that these products are specifically manufactured to attract kids because they resemble candy or breathe mints. Putting them behind the counter with other tobacco products makes them just as accessible to consumers, just not minors."

House Enrolled Act (HEA)1405 would exempt tobacco stores, as they already require customers to be 18 years old to enter.

The newly-signed law would also charge a person or retail establishment who sells or distributes a tobacco product to a person less than 18 years of age with a Class C infraction.

HEA 1405 will go into effect July 1, 1011.