Bill Introduced to Raise Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21
35 years ago, Congress agreed to raise the national minimum drinking age to 21 after realizing the dangers of teenagers having easy access to alcohol. Congressman Robert Aderholt believes smoking is just as much of a danger to health and life than drinking is for teenagers. Aderholt introduced a bill earlier entitled, “Stopping Consumption of Tobacco by Teens Act.” This bill would raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21.
The bill would also require online tobacco vendors to obtain customer’s full name, birth date, and residential address. This information would then be ran through a third party database for confirmation. Before the package is successfully delivered to its address, a person at least 21 years of age would have to sign for it.
Aderholt says he doesn’t believe this will keep all teenagers from smoking tobacco, but it will make it more difficult for them to start this habit at an early age.