OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5384

AN ACT RAISING THE LEGAL AGE FOR PURCHASE AND USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Department of Revenue Services

GF - Revenue Loss

None

None

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than 75,000

Less than 75,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill raises, from 18 to 21, the legal age to purchase or possess tobacco products in the state; it exempts anyone age 18 or older as of October 1, 2017 and members of the U.S. Armed Services. This results in a significant General Fund revenue loss from cigarette and tobacco taxes annually beginning in FY 21, and a potential increase in penalty revenue of less than $75,000 annually beginning in FY 18.

The bill results in potential increased revenue from fines from the purchase or sale of tobacco products by persons aged 18 to 20. In FY 16, there were 39 offenses for the purchase of tobacco products by a person under 18 with fines totaling $2,235. There were 308 offenses of sale of tobacco products to a person under 18 with fines totaling $62,855. Based on current penalties, it is estimated that the bill will results in increased penalties of less than $75,000.

The Out Years

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 20 $

FY 21 $

FY 22 $

Department of Revenue Services

GF - Revenue Loss

None

Significant

Significant

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Less than 75,000

Less than 75,000

Less than 75,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Sources:

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies: Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products, 3/15

 

Judicial Department Offenses and Revenue Database