Congress close to passing measure to raise national smoking age

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(CNN) – Federal lawmakers appear poised to raise the national smoking age to match the drinking age.

A group of top Senators have agreed to raise the federal tobacco sales age from 18 to 21, according to multiple involved in the talks.

That includes e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.

Several states have already raised the tobacco sales age to 21 by state law.

Some top lawmakers have been looking for a way to get the higher age across the finish line, and now they’ve found one by attaching it to the must-pass series of bills to avoid a government shutdown.

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(This story was originally published on Dec. 17, 2019)

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