Ten U.S. senators are proposing to raise the nationwide smoking age to 21. The bill is unlikely to pass, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The Tobacco to 21 Act would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure compliance. All of the bill’s sponsors are Democrats, the article notes.
“By raising the minimum tobacco age of sale to 21 across the country, we can cut the number of new smokers each year; build a healthier, tobacco free America; and save lives,” bill sponsor Brian Schatz of Hawaii said in a statement.
In June, Hawaii became the first state to pass a law raising the legal smoking age to 21. The law also outlaws the sale, purchase or use of e-cigarettes for anyone under 21. The measure will take effect on January 1, 2016.