Bill to raise minimum age to buy tobacco products passed in U.S. Senate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Senate approved a bill introduced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that raises the minimum age to buy tobacco products, including vaping products and e-cigarettes.

McConnell, along with Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, introduced the Tobacco-Free Youth Act. It would raise the legal age to buy tobacco products nationwide from 18-years-old to 21-years-old.

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Both senators say, having come from states with a long history of tobacco production and use, they want to help protect young people from the dangers of nicotine.

The bill now awaits President Donald Trump’s signature to become a federal law.