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Increased age to buy tobacco, vaping products among new Connecticut laws



Sales tax changes, new safe gun storage rules, and a new minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products are among a host of new laws that took effect in Connecticut Tuesday.

October also kicked off with the first of several planned increases to Connecticut’s minimum wage, which is scheduled to incrementally climb to $15 an hour by June 1, 2023. The wage increased from $10.10 to $11 an hour Tuesday.

“This is perhaps one of the most impactful pieces of legislation for working families that a governor can sign,” Governor Ned Lamont said in May when he signed the minimum wage legislation into law. The wage increase is expected to impact approximately 130,000 workers this year.

A new 1% meals tax included in the new, two-year $43 billion budget crafted by Democrats earlier this year has already received some of the greatest scrutiny. Concerns were raised by minority Republicans and later by many majority Democrats about how broadly the Department of Revenue Services was interpreting tax change.

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