Pa. Senate approves bill to raise legal age to 21 for nicotine, vaping products

Tony Romeo
September 25, 2019 - 2:20 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would raise to 21 the legal age to purchase nicotine and vaping products. 

The bill would raise the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21, with tobacco products defined as anything made or derived from tobacco or nicotine, and anything that electronically delivers nicotine or another substance by inhaling, such as e-cigarettes. There were a few “no” votes, including state Sen. John DiSanto.

“Research about adolescent smoking suggests it has little to do with the legal age for buying cigarettes," said DiSanto, "and much more to do with peer pressure, or making statements against parents and other authority figures.”

State Sen. Mario Scavello, the sponsor of the bill, said DiSanto is right about peer pressure.

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“The 18- and the 19-year-olds, that’s where they’re getting the cigarettes from. Let’s stop that,” Scavello said.

The bill goes to the state House for consideration.