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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Legislators have killed a bill that could have made Utah the first state in the country to raise the age people can buy tobacco products from 19 to 21.

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

Ogden Republican Sen. Stuart Reid sponsored the bill.

He says it would prevent young people from becoming smokers because it would delay their access to tobacco.

Utah is already among a handful of states that ban sales for those younger 19 years old, instead of 18.

New York City raised the legal purchase age to 21 last year. Colorado is considering a similar proposal this year.

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