The Pennsylvania State Senate has passed a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase, possess and use tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21-years-old.
S.B. 473, introduced by Sen. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe County, passed its third reading on Wednesday by a 43-6 vote, sending it to the House of Representatives. In addition to the age increase, it seeks to strengthen laws against the use of tobacco products on school grounds and related places, both by students and non-students. It would make it a crime for a person under 21-years-old to lie about their age in order to purchase or otherwise receive tobacco products.
Currently, 18 other states as well as the District of Columbia have passed what is referred to as Tobacco 21 legislation, with a number of other states either currently considering similar bills or expected to do so in their upcoming legislative sessions.