Kaine Happy About Legislation Included in Funding Bill

Bill Would Raise Tobacco Selling Age to 21

December 18, 2019 - 1:25 pm

(WASHINGTON) -- As part of the just-passed government funding bill, there is a bi-partisan piece of legislation included to raise the use of tobacco age to 21.

Democrat Senator Tim Kaine worked with Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on this bill. Kaine says this legislation will result in 223,000 fewer premature deaths and 4.2 million fewer years of life lost for those who start smoking. This change will also result in a reduction in the amount of people who start smoking by about 12%.

There were arguments as this bill was being debated that those in the military should be exempt but the bill that has passed has no exceptions.

Kaine says that more needs to be done, especially as it relates to e-cigarettes and the marketing of flavors that attract young people. Kaine supports legislation that would ban flavored e-cigarettes.