Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette introduced federal legislation to raise the tobacco and vape product sales age to 21 nationwide. The legislation has support from both sides of the aisle, in both congress and the senate. Including sponsorships from Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Chris Stewart (R-UT).
The bill, Tobacco to Age 21 Act, takes aim at young adults smoking age. According to the American Cancer Society, 95% of adults who smoke started under the age of 21. And while the amount of smokers in the U.S. has declined steadily since the 1970’s, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable deaths across the country.
Groups like the American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association applaud the bill. But on the Western Slope, some people we talked to are skeptical. Some claim, kids and young adults smoke to look cool, and will do it regardless of the legislation. We’ll bring you all the latest right here at westernslopenow.com.