The U.S. Congress voted to raise the legal age for buying tobacco, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. The Tobacco to 21 Act, first proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in April, focuses on the sharp increase in smoking among Young Americans. The bill has now been approved by the Senate, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law and will take effect next year.
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According to reports, in recent years, the United States teenagers to smoke e-cigarettes has reached the “epidemic level.” According to the latest survey, about 27.5 percent of high school and 10.5 percent of middle school students in the U.S. reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days of the survey. In order to attract young people, many businesses provide fruity, chocolate, creamy and other flavored e-cigarette products.
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.
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.”
In a public speech at the White House in November, the government plans to raise the age at which e-cigarettes are purchased to “around 21” as part of a plan to curb smoking among teenagers. “We’re going to make a very important position on e-cigarette snorting,” Trump said. We have to care about our children and, most importantly, we will limit our age to around 21. Frankly, a lot of people are paying attention to the topic because it’s about their work. As we all know, it has become a considerable industry. “