17 local time, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2020 fiscal year total of $1.4 trillion budget to avoid the government closed at midnight on the 20th, the budget of an additional bill to raise the age of smoking from 18 to 21 years old. The Tobacco to 21 Act reportedly raised the age at which all tobacco products are purchased in the United States from 18 to 21, including e-cigarettes.
The report said it was the most significant U.S. bill to limit cigarette sales in more than a decade, a long-sought step by health advocates, but was unexpectedly backed by Marlboro cigarette maker Altria and e-cigarette maker Juul.
Health advocacy groups have long pushed for the legislation, but over the past year, Ochia and Juul have been the biggest supporters of the bill.
Ochia, Juul’s biggest investor and anti-tobacco critic, points out that the two companies support the bill to avoid tougher government action: a ban on all flavored cigarettes, including fruit and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes.
“Ochia and Juul supportthis this bill in order to argue that there is no need for other action,” said Myers, president of the Children’s Tobacco Free Campaign. But without the elimination of scented tobacco, the crisis of teenagers smoking e-cigarettes will not be solved. ”
The 21-year-old tobacco law, which has bipartisan support in Congress, prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes and other cigarettes to minors under the age of 18, but according to the latest government statistics, more than a quarter of high school students regularly smoke e-cigarettes, which health officials call an “epidemic.”