McConnell and Kaine unveil bill to raise tobacco age to 21

McConnell and Kaine unveil bill to raise tobacco age to 21

By Sarah Owermohle (Politico) –

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday introduced legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21 — now a bipartisan effort that addresses some of the criticism public health groups had of an earlier proposal they saw as too industry-friendly.

McConnell‘s bill is now joined by Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, who has backedlegislation to ban indoor smoking and some flavored products in the past. The version released would raise the age to 21 for everyone, backtracking on McConnell’s April promise to exempt “men and women who served in uniform.” Nor does his Tobacco-Free Youth Act block states from taking more stringent steps on tobacco, including moves to address the growing teen vaping epidemic.

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