Senator Mitt Romney is joining a bipartisan group of senators in endorsing an increase to the nationwide legal smoking age.
The Tobacco to 21 Act, was introduced by Romney as well as Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Dick Durbin (D-IL). The legislation would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.
“Raising the federal smoking age to 21 is an important step toward keeping harmful tobacco products out of our children’s hands and protecting them from a lifetime of addiction,” Senator Romney said. “I’m proud that my home state of Utah was one of the first states to raise the federal smoking age to 21. It’s time for the rest of the country to follow its lead.”
Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Chris Stewart (R-UT).