The United States is one step away from banning tobacco sales to anyone under the age of 21.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a $1.4 trillion spending bill that includes language that would increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. The vote was 71-23.
It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signing. He is expected to sign it quickly as the federal government will run out of money Friday at midnight.
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.
There are 19 states, as well as the District of Columbia, who have increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21.