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S. 1258 (116th): Tobacco to 21 Act

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


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.

The teen smoking rate …

Sponsor and status

Brian Schatz

Sponsor. Senator for Hawaii. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 30, 2019
Length: 8 pages
Apr 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 30, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

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).


18 Cosponsors (13 Democrats, 5 Republicans)



Apr 30, 2019

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

S. 1258 (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. 1258. 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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