The United States is one step closer to making it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase tobacco products.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, a massive $1.4 trillion spending bill that funds the government until next September. Included in the nearly 1,800-page bill are a variety of other provisions, many of which unrelated to funding the government, including a provision that would increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The bill includes a clean tobacco 21 provision, meaning that the change only increases the minimum federal age from 18 to 21. It does not include any exemptions, like those under 21 serving in the military, but also does not introduce any further regulations for tobacco.
It will now move onto the Senate, where it needs approval before it can be signed into law by President Donald Trump.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 297-120.