The nation’s capitol could be the next major city to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, as earlier this week the city council gave its first approval to a package of anti-tobacco legislation.
Use of electronic cigarettes would also become subject to many of the same prohibitions that tobacco faces, such as use in restaurants, workplaces, public facilities and schools, though they and tobacco would still be allowed on the patios and outdoor areas of restaurants and bars.
The council also gave an initial approval to a ban on smokeless tobacco at sports facilities, including Nationals Park.
A second vote is required before the legislation would be sent to Mayor Muriel E. Bowser for her signature. A second hearing has not yet been set.
Washington, D.C. is home to nearly 660,000 residents.