IPCPR Legislative | Bill Introduced to Raise National Minimum Tobacco Purchase Age

Bill Introduced to Raise National Minimum Tobacco Purchase Age

04 Apr Bill Introduced to Raise National Minimum Tobacco Purchase Age

Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-4) introduced his Stopping Consumption of Tobacco by Teens (SCOTT Act).  The bill, co-sponsored by Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51), would raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21 nationwide and increase age verification requirements for online sale of vaping products.  This bill is designed to curb youth introduction to tobacco and specifically vaping products as explained in a statement released by Rep. Aderholt’s office today: “This is bipartisan legislation that builds upon the work that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, (whom the bill is named in honor of), has done towards stemming the tide of youth adoption of vaping products over the past few years”.

Yesterday, Congressman Aderholt raised a question about FDA treatment of premium cigars at the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Hearing for FDA Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Requests and at that time he also announced his plan to introduce legislation to increase the minimum purchase age.

“IPCPR understands and supports efforts to restrict youth access to tobacco and other nicotine products,” said Scott Pearce, IPCPR Executive Director.  “Because premium cigars and pipes are crafted and enjoyed very differently from nicotine delivery systems, we seek solutions that will answer the problem while respecting the standards by which our retail members operate and our adult consumers behave.  Our retail members have demonstrated over the years the highest levels of excellence with strict adherence to ID laws.  In fact, many of our members go way beyond what is required to ensure only adults are purchasing and enjoying premium cigars and pipes.”  

IPCPR is confident that our members will continue this pattern in order to support the FDA’s mission to curb youth access to tobacco by strictly adhering to all age verification requirements and we acknowledge that a changing market naturally requires the exploration of new rules and standards.

IPCPR will continue to monitor the status of this legislation and keep you updated.  For questions regarding the bill or other legislative matters, please email tori@ipcpr.org.

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