About the bill
Should a loophole allowing minors to purchase tobacco products online be tightened or closed?
Most states require a minimum age of 18 to purchase or use tobacco products, although 18 states and counting have raised the minimum age to 21. These states cross the political spectrum, including such red states as Arkansas, Texas, and Utah.
However, purchasing e-cigarettes online does not require any age verification under law. This allows for the skirting of state minimum age laws, which is problematic as e-cigarette use among teens reached its highest levels yet in 2018 — and possibly still rising.
What the legislation does
The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act is bipartisan legislation that would mandate online age verification for sale of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. It …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senior Senator for California. Democrat.
Last Updated: Jul 2, 2020
Length: 12 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on July 2, 2020 but was never passed by the House.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
27 Cosponsors (14 Republicans, 13 Democrats)
Apr 30, 2019
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Oct 28, 2019
Companion Bill — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 3942 (116th), possibly in lieu of similar activity on S. 1253 (116th).
Jul 2, 2020
Passed Senate (House next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.
S. 1253 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1253. This is the one from the 116th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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