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S. 1253: Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act

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About the bill

Should a loophole allowing minors to purchase tobacco products online be tightened or closed?

Context

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 would also ...

Sponsor and status

Dianne Feinstein

Sponsor. Senior Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 2, 2020
Length: 12 pages
Introduced
Apr 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Passed Senate (House next) on Jul 2, 2020

This bill passed in the Senate on July 2, 2020 and goes to the House next for consideration.

Prognosis
42% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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History

Apr 30, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

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.

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Passed House

 
Signed by the President

S. 1253 is 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.

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