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Dueling smoking bills move through Arizona Legislature

Posted at 6:42 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 09:42:14-04

PHOENIX (AP) - There are two competing tobacco and vaping regulation bills at the Arizona Legislature. The winning legislation may emerge soon.

The Senate last week passed a bill championed by Republican Sen. Heather Carter of Cave Creek that would reclassify vaping products as tobacco and place them under the voter-approved Smoke-Free Arizona Act, which bars indoor tobacco use. Carter's plan is backed by health groups including the American Cancer Society.

A competing proposal from Republican Rep. John Allen would raise the age to buy tobacco or vaping products to 21. But it also contains a clause barring cities and towns from further regulating tobacco or charging licensing fees to retailers. It is backed by the tobacco and vaping industry.