Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) and Sen. (D-Va.) introduced new legislation on Monday that would raise the legal age to purchase products nationwide to 21.

The bipartisan pair, who both hail from states that have relied on tobacco as a cash crop for generations, said their proposal is driven in large part by the and vaping devices by teenagers.

“We’ve heard from countless parents who have seen the youth vaping crisis firsthand, and together, Senator Kaine and I are addressing this public health crisis head-on,” McConnell said in a statement Monday announcing the . “By making it more difficult for tobacco products to end up in the hands of middle school and high school students, we can protect our children and

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