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McConnell makes raising tobacco purchase age a priority

Laura LitvanMay 20, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Monday to rally support for his legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 nationwide, saying that “now is the right time to do this.”

“It shouldn’t be 18 any longer, it should be 21 and this legislation will make that happen,” McConnell said as he introduced the bill in the Senate. McConnell, who controls the Senate floor schedule, said he’ll make enacting this bipartisan measure “one of my highest priorities.”

McConnell announced last month in his home state of Kentucky that he was drafting the federal measure, which is aimed at stemming the growing popularity of vaping products among young people.

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