McConnell, Kaine Team up in Bipartisan Effort to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Headline Roundup May 21st, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a bipartisan effort to raise the minimum age of tobacco purchase to 21. The joint effort included former Vice Presidential candidate and current Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). Though 14 states and Washington D.C. have already changed their age to purchase tobacco, Kaine and McConnell both advocate that if this is not done for the entire country, a national epidemic will ensue. Some companies that sell vaping products have raised their voices in support of the new legislation, stating that the leading contributor to the 'epidemic' is legal-age peers sharing with others. Juul and other companies believe this bill will reduce youth use of tobacco products.

McConnell, Kaine Team up in Bipartisan Effort to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation’s leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21.

The chamber’s top Republican, who said he was making enactment of the bill “one of my highest priorities,” issued his proposal at a time when the use of e-cigarettes is growing and underage vaping has soared, raising concerns by health expert s. The measure would apply to all tobacco products,...

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced bipartisan legislation on Monday to raise the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 in a move to curtail the growing use of e-cigarettes and tobacco products by teenagers.

The legislation, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., comes as the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products has skyrocketed among minors across the country. While e-cigarettes - like the popular Juul - do not contain tobacco, they do have the addictive substance nicotine and are marketed in a variety...

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced new legislation on Monday that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide to 21.

The bipartisan pair, who both hail from states that have relied on tobacco as a cash crop for generations, said their proposal is driven in large part by the dramatic increase in the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices by teenagers.

“We’ve heard from countless parents who have seen the youth vaping crisis firsthand, and together, Senator Kaine and I are...

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