Bill Would Raise U.S. Minimum Age for Tobacco to 21

A bill to raise the U.S. minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 will be introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He said the bill will cover all tobacco products, including vaping devices, and hold retailers responsible for verifying the age of anyone buying tobacco products, the Associated Press reported.

McConnell said Thursday that he plans to introduce the bill next month.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the U.S. and causes more than 480,000 deaths a year, the AP reported.

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