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Tobacco 21 Bills introduced in Congress

Legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate that would raise the legal purchase age for all tobacco products to 21. Legislation was introduced in the Senate (S.2100) by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)and parallel legislation was introduced in the House (H.R. 4273) by Rep. DianaDeGette (D-CO).

Several cities and five states - California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Maine andOregon – have already enacted legislation to raise the tobacco purchase age to21. Raising the purchase age has been shown to be an effective way to reduceyouth tobacco initiation.  The ATS supports the Tobacco 21 effort andjoined several other medical and public health organizations in a statement ofsupport for the legislation.
Last Reviewed: November 17, 2017