Schatz Calls for Raising Federal Age for Smoking, Vaping to 21

May 7, 2019, 8:30 AM HST · Updated May 7, 8:31 AM
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Cigarettes. Photo by Wendy Osher.

US Senator Brian Schatz joins three colleagues in advocating for a raise in the federal minimum age to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21.

Last week, the senators introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, bipartisan legislation to do just that.

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Tomorrow, US Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) will hold a press event with anti-tobacco and public health advocates to call for the change in federal law.

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In January of 2016, Hawaiʻi became the first state in the nation to raise the age on the sale of tobacco products and e-cigs to 21.

Joining the senators at tomorrow’s press event will be: Queen Cornish, State Chair of the Delaware Kick Butts Generation; Matthew Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and Deborah Brown, Chief Mission Officer for the American Lung Association.

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