Pennsylvania State Senator Mario Scavello, R-Monroe County, has announced his plans to introduce a bill into the legislature that seeks to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and tobacco alternatives from 18 to 21-years-old.

Scavello first announced his plans last December via a Senate memorandum to his fellow legislators; it appears now that the bill’s introduction is getting closer, according to a report by, which indicates he has been rounding up support among members of the House of Representatives and feels there could be enough support to get the bill passed. There also appears to be support from the state’s governor, Tom Wolf.

The bill’s introduction would come as seven states have already passed similar legislation and with both Illinois and Utah having passed their own increases that are awaiting the signatures of their respective governors. Several other states have active legislation that seeks to enact what has become known as “Tobacco 21” legislation.

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