Congress formally passes bill to raise smoking age to 21

#Roommates, if you followed, you may remember that Congress made a commitment to change the laws regarding smoking and traditional tobacco products. Well, now it’s official because the legal smoking age has just been raised to 21 years old.

To address the increasingly dangerous problems surrounding youth smoking, Congress has officially passed a law that increases the smoking age in the United States to 21, as reported by Gizmodo. The provision to raise the smoking age was passed by the House legislature earlier this week. The new age restriction will apply to all tobacco products, including traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.

The new law responds to a continuous increase in the number of adolescents who use tobacco-related products, particularly electronic cigarettes. According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than 5 million teens currently use electronic cigarettes, and 1 million admit that they use the product every day. While the report found that only 5.8% of high school students use cigarettes, a shocking 27.5% would have used electronic cigarettes. The majority of these adolescent users cited Juul as the product they use the most.

Juul has been at the center of health regulators who say the company targeted children in its advertising, an accusation that sparked both national and federal investigations and led to multiple lawsuits. In response to intense criticism, Juul is reported to have said he supports increasing the age limit for tobacco products, which should allow the company to continue selling its products to everyone.

Senator Tim Kaine, who introduced the bill to raise the age of smoking, said:

“The adoption of this vital legislation is a huge victory for the health of our young people. By raising the age to buy tobacco products nationwide, we can save 223,000 lives and reduce youth smoking. “

Trump is expected to sign official documents for the new smoking ban soon.

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