Bipartisan bill to raise federal smoking age advances to Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – A bipartisan bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18-to-21, passed a key Senate committee on Wednesday.
The ‘Tobacco-Free Youth Act’ was first proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, in April of this year. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, of Virginia, joined the proposed legislation.
The measure is co-sponsored by Republican Senator Pat Roberts, of Kansas and Democratic Senator Mark Warner, of Virginia.
The act would raise the legal age nationwide and would include e-cigarettes and vaping devices.
The measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).
The proposed legislation now moves on to the full Senate for consideration. If passed in that chamber, it would then have to pass the House and be signed by President Trump before it could become law.