The United States Congress is poised to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21.

According to a report from Politico, the increase is set to be included in Congress’ year-end spending bill. It’s unclear what version of the federal tobacco 21 law is set to be included.

There have been a variety of bills introduced in the past year by a bipartisan group of legislators.

  • H.R. 2084 — Introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt, R.-Ala.
  • H.R. 2339 — Introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., and Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla.
  • H.R. 2411/S. 1258 — Introduced by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah;  Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.
  • Tobacco-Free Youth Act — Introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Earlier this month, there were indications that the federal tobacco 21 changes were to be included in legislation that would limit the costs of emergency medical care, however, that legislation seems increasingly unlikely to pass at this time.

There are 19 states who have increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.