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The U.S. Senate is making a move against the vaping industry.
Led by Sens. Mitch McConnell and Tim Kaine, bipartisan legislation was introduced May 20 to raise the national age to purchase vaping devices to 21 years old. Tobacco products were also included in the bill, according to washingtonexaminer.com.
“In recognition of tobacco’s history in our states and aware of the threat that all tobacco products pose now and for future generations, we introduced legislation to raise the national age of purchase to 21,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said after unveiling the legislation.
United with Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, McConnell cited the rapid rise of teen vaping as a catalyst for the congressional action.
Along with outspoken lawmakers, parents and members of the public health and educational sectors, McConnell referred to the issue as a “vaping crisis” because of the presence of nicotine and the potential of long-term lung problems.
The Senate majority leader, McConnell was well aware of the eye-opening report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study stated 38 percent of high school students experimented with vaping at least once and 13 percent of middle school students vaped during 2017-18. This data has led to an increased demand that federal officials raise the vaping age.
“By making it more difficult for tobacco products to end up in the hands of middle school and high school students, we can protect our children and give them the opportunity to grow and develop into healthy adults,” McConnell said. “We’re ready for a national debate about the health of our children, and I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this bill.”
Kaine added: Teen vaping abuse is “one of the most significant public health issues facing our nation today.”
The bill’s co-sponsors did not release a timetable for the bill to be heard on the Senate floor, according to washingtonexaminer.com.
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