Congress Raises Age to Buy Tobacco, E-Cigarettes to 21
Do you support raising the age to buy tobacco to 21?
by Axios | 12.19.19
Congress voted to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, AFP reports.
Why it matters: The move is part of a $1.37 trillion spending measure that passed in the House on Tuesday and in the Senate Thursday, intended to prevent a government shutdown. President Trump signaled he will likely sign the bill before federal funding runs out Friday at midnight.
The big picture: A national vaping epidemic has consumed the country, with thousands reporting injuries from a mysterious illness and more than 50 people dead as a result. There has been a push to increase the minimum age to smoke to 21 across numerous states, USA Today reports, with 19 states and the District of Columbia already bumping the age limit up.
- The effort to raise the legal age to buy tobacco has largely been bipartisan, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) pushing the issue. The two introduced the Tobacco-Free Youth Act in May.
Worth noting: Trump has previously flipped his stance on vaping products. He intended to ban flavored e-cigarettes before changing his mind earlier this year.
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