Local delegate introduces bill to increase tobacco product purchase age to 21

Posted at 10:39 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 17:52:45-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A bipartisan bill was introduced Thursday by a coalition of General Assembly leaders.

Their goal is to raise the minimum age required to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

This legislation would apply to vapor-based and tradition tobacco products.

Virginia Beach Delegate Christopher Stolle is one of the lawmakers supporting this bill.

“Raising the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21 is a common sense way to address this escalating public health concern,” noted Delegate Christopher P. Stolle, M.D. (R-Virginia Beach), who is sponsoring House Bill 2748. “The rapid growth of the number of teenagers vaping, at a time when the use of traditional tobacco is at an all-time low, should set off alarms for every parent. This legislation will help to reverse that trend.”

He told News 3 another concern is the fact that many 18-year-olds are still in high school, giving them the opportunity to purchase tobacco products for their underage friends.

The bill will be voted on in the coming weeks.

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You can take a look at the proposed legislation here.