Nebraskans would have to be at least 19 years old to smoke cigarettes or vape nicotine legally under LB 149, introduced by Grand Island Sen. Dan Quick and passed on a 45-0 vote on May 24. If signed into law by the governor, the restrictions would take effect Jan. 1, according to a story posted on sandhillexpress.com.
Lawmakers amended the bill to include traditional tobacco products. Current state law allows people to buy and use tobacco and electronic cigarettes at age 18. The higher age limit would not apply to electronic cigarettes sold with non-nicotine products, according to the story.