Headline RoundupMay 21st, 2019

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

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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.

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