The Senate of the American Congress introduced a bill to raise the age in the United States, from which it is allowed to buy cigarettes, from 18 to 21 years. According to The Hill newspaper, the bill was introduced by the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate Mitch McConnell and Senator-Democrat from Virginia Tim Kane.
According to legislators, they have developed this bill because of the growing number of smokers among schoolchildren, as well as those who use nicotine solution through vape. “We’re proud of our past, proud of who we are, but Kentucky farmers don’t want their kids getting hooked on nicotine while in middle and high school,” Senator McConnell said, representing that state in Congress.
If the proposed measure will receive the approval of both chambers of Congress, it goes to the President of the United States.
Similar laws were passed in 14 American States, and one of the largest American retail chains Walmart banned the sale of tobacco products to persons under 21 years, as well as removed from circulation e-cigarettes and liquids to it.
Earlier, the chief sanitary doctor of the United States Jerome Adams noted that only in 2018 the number of adolescents addicted to Smoking e-cigarettes in the United States increased by 78%. “We are obliged to take decisive measures to protect our children from electronic cigarettes, which, as studies have shown, are no less harmful than conventional cigarettes. These cigarettes, among other things, can explode in the hands of teenagers, causing significant harm to health and even threatening life,” he said.
According to the Ministry of the health of the United States, one in five American schoolchildren consumes nicotine solution vaping