A national hike in the legal age to purchase tobacco is surfacing as a top priority for lawmakers.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill that would increase the age of tobacco sales from 18 to 21.
The bi-partisan “Tobacco-Free Youth Act” is aimed at reducing the number of teens who are or could start smoking or vaping.
The bill follows changes major retailers have already made to increase the sale age.
Walmart and Walgreens among the retailers who chose to increase the age requirement, after facing possible sanctions from FDA for selling to minors.
“We’ve heard from countless parents who have seen the youth vaping crisis firsthand, and together, Senator Kaine and I are addressing this public health crisis head-on,” said McConnel. “By making it more difficult for tobacco products to end up in the hands of middle school and high school students, we can protect our children and give them the opportunity to grow and develop into healthy adults.”