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[Mitch McConnell To Raise Age To 21 For Tobacco Purchase]
[Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky):] Source: LYBIO.net
Today I’m introducing federal legislation to make 21 the new minimum age for purchasing any tobacco product anywhere in the United States.
Let me say that again. A new age nationwide for purchasing anything classified as a tobacco product, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapor products, and everything else.
It shouldn’t be 18 any longer, it should be 21. And this legislation will make that happen.
Now I recognize that I might seem like an unusual candidate to lead this charge.
I’m the Senior Senator from Kentucky. I’ve consistently stood up for all Kentucky farmers, including our tobacco farmers.
I championed the tobacco buyout back in 2004.
But actually, my long experience with this subject and my commitment to farm families are part of what’s convinced me that now is the right time to do this.
RAISING AGE TO PURCHASE TOBACCO FROM 18 TO 21
SEN. TIM KAINE
[Timothy Michael Kaine (United States Senator):] Source: LYBIO.net
We’re backsliding – we’re backsliding. The recent increases in youth tobacco use demonstrate we need to do more.
Current youth tobacco product use increased dramatically from 2017 to 2018 completely erasing the decline in tobacco product use among young that had been happening for many years.
From the CDC this increase has driven largely by e-cigarettes.
More than 1 in 4 highschoolers in 2018. 1 in 14 middleschoolers in 2018, had used a tobacco product in the last 30 days.
A dramatic increase from 2017.
1.5 million – 1.5 million more young people used E-Cigarettes in 2018 than 2017.
E-Cigarettes are the most commonly used product among the young and they are frequently used in combination with other tobacco products.
And recent increase in youth use of tobacco products is heavily, heavily driven by the popularity of these cigarettes shaped like a flashdrive, able to shared with friends, sold in kid friendly flavors with a high nicotine content.
Disturbingly it’s not only e-cigarettes – use of any tobacco grew by more than 38% among highschoolers, from 2017 to 2018.
And in Virginia where we had celebrated to be coming a state to be below the national average, we’re seeing dramatic increases, 16.3% of highschool youth are now reporting using any tobacco product, 6.5 % of those – a third of those smoke cigarettes.
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