December 23, 2019: The United States Congress passed a measure to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 years and President Donald Trump is expected to promulgate it.
"This is a great victory for public health," said Senator Brian Schatz, Hawaiian Democrat, The New York Times reported. "Raising the minimum age for smoking and vaping to 21 years will protect our children and save lives."
The measure was supported by many tobacco and electronic cigarette companies.
Currently, 19 states and more than 500 cities and towns restrict the sale of tobacco and electronic cigarettes to people over 21, The times reported.