US House Introduces Tobacco 21 Bill

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”.

Congress Aderholt also raised the question, “Given that FDA remains in the early stages of addressing this process, would it not be appropriate to delay the implementation of the regulations relative to the narrower premium cigar category until FDA has clear guidance for these small manufacturers on how to keep their products on the market?” during the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Hearing for FDA Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Requests




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