Senators want to raise legal age to purchase tobacco

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WASHINGTON (WCBD) – You may soon have to be 21 to buy tobacco or vaping products.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday introduced legislation to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2018 compared to 2017.

“Youth vaping is a public health crisis,” said Sen. McConnell. “It’s our responsibility as parents and public servants to do everything we can to keep these harmful products out of high schools and out of youth culture. We need to put the national age of purchase at 21.”

The Tobacco Free Youth Act is the second bill introduced this year to raise the age to 21.

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