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