Pennsylvania officials are taking steps to raise the minimum age required to buy tobacco and vaping products in the state.
The bill would make 21-years-old the new minimum age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products.
The bill passed through the state senate late last month and now is awaiting a vote in the house of representatives.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine says the increase in teens using vaping products is the reason for raising the minimum age to 21.
“The number of high school students vaping has increased by 1.5 million students from 2017 to 2018,” Levine said. “That is why we fully support raising the age to buy tobacco products, including vaping products, to 21.”
The current minimum age in the state to purchase tobacco and vaping products is 18-years-old.