A bill at the Utah State Capitol would raise the minimum age to legally use tobacco products from 19 to 21.

House Bill 324 would gradually raise the age from 19 to 20 and then to 21.

Lawmakers say tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death. Officials say one way the legislative body can help this is to raise the age to 21. Lawmakers also say it would also keep tobacco out of high schools.

Representative Steve Eliason (R-Sandy) says 95 percent of all adult smokers started smoking before the age of 21.

The bill got a favorable recommendation in the Senate Business and Labor Committee.

The bill now heads to the Senate.