Rep. Chris Stewart co-introduces bill to raise smoking age

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Representative Chris Stewart

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABC4 News) – 2nd Congressional District Representative Chris Stewart co-introduced with Rep. Diana DeGette the Tobacco to 21 Act.

The bill, if signed into law would establish 21 as the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products nationwide. 

“Combating tobacco use by children has been a priority of mine since first taking office. I truly believe that it is an epidemic among our youth” said Chris Stewart, in a statement. 

Altria, one of the largest producers and marketers of tobacco products is supporting the potential move. 
Altria, in a statement, said 

“Altria strongly supports raising the legal age of purchase to 21 for all tobacco products and we’re pleased to see bipartisan Tobacco 21 legislation introduced. We believe moving on 21 is the most effective action to reverse underage e-vapor usage rates. Altria commends Congressman Stewart for his leadership on this important issue.” 

The piece of the legislation is also being endorsed by several non-profit health organizations including the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and the American Cancer Society.


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