Bill Raises Tobacco Buying Age To 21
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL FORMALLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION MONDAY TO RAISE THE AGE FOR BUYING TOBACCO AND E-CIGARETTES TO 21
Duluth, MN (KQDS) – Right now, you have to be 18-years-old to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes.
But Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell wants to change that.
Monday, he formally introduced legislation to raise the age limit to 21 nationwide.
The Tobacco-Free Youth Act will almost certainly come up for a vote on the floor, which is co-sponsored by senator Tim Kaine from Virginia.
Both Senators pointed to figures from the centers for disease control that show an alarming spike in teen vaping since e-cigarettes came out.
Their bill is the second to be introduced this year to raise the age to 21.
Backers of both measures say they avoided taking on controversial issues, like banning kid-focused flavors used in vaping, so the legislation wouldn’t get bogged down.