On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he'll introduce federal legislation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21 after the Senate returns from recess.
One of the most important aspects of McConnell's expected proposal is a focus on limiting underage access to vaping products, which would also be held to the new age limit. The bill would be the most broad-reaching example yet of so-called "T21" tobacco laws, which have so far only been enacted at state or local levels.
Fears of teen tobacco use have grown since the CDC reported the number of high school students using tobacco products grew by nearly 38% in 2018. The CDC attributed this rise largely to the growth in popularity of e-cigarettes. Use of those products grew by around 78%.
McConnell said there would be an exception in the bill for those under 21 who are members of the military.
The legislation, which will be called the McConnell Bill, is expected to be introduced in May.