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H.R. 2411: Tobacco to 21 Act

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Should the tobacco age be increased from 18 to 21, nationwide?

Context

Minimum ages to purchase tobacco are generally a matter of local or state law, rather than federal. By 1920 more than half of states had a minimum age of 21. That is, until industry lobbying pushed most of those minimum ages down to around 18. Virtually nowhere in the U.S. saw a minimum age of 21 again.

At least until the past three years, when a surge of states and cities have joined a national advocacy movement to raise the age to 21. Currently 12 states have implemented or passed the measure, and they’re not all blue states: Arkansas, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

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Sponsor and status

Diana DeGette

Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 30, 2019
Length: 8 pages
Introduced
Apr 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Introduced on Apr 30, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 30, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Prognosis
3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

McAdams joins local government, health officials to announce bipartisan bill raising age to purchase tobacco
    — Rep. Ben McAdams [D-UT4] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 2, 2019

McAdams joins local government, health officials to announce bipartisan bill raising age to purchase tobacco
    — Rep. Ben McAdams [D-UT4] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 2, 2019

McAdams joins local government, health officials to announce bipartisan bill raising age to purchase tobacco
    — Rep. Ben McAdams [D-UT4] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 2, 2019

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History

Apr 30, 2019
 
Introduced

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H.R. 2411 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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