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GOP Leader McConnell Urges Raising Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

April 18, 2019, 3:16 PMUpdated: April 18, 2019, 5:20 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants Congress to raise the minimum age for tobacco products, including vaping devices, to 21 from 18 nationwide, seeking to curb teenage use the U.S. Surgeon General described as an “ epidemic.”

Speaking at an event April 18 in his home state of Kentucky, the second biggest tobacco producer after North Carolina, the Republican leader said he plans to introduce legislation in May and expects it will get bipartisan support in the Senate.

McConnell said he is motivated partly by the growing popularity of vaping products among young people, which studies have shown ...

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