Minimum Age is 21 to buy cigarettes

US Congress has decided to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21 years across the country.

The change passed by the Senate is part of a measure made to the budget bill. The change in law will enter into force in 9 months.

So far, 19 out of the 50 US states have introduced this minimum age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes.

Latest years, electronic cigarettes have become very popular among high school and college students.

27.5% of high school seniors say they have smoked an e-cigarette in the last 30 days, according to a government survey this year. Three years ago, the number was 11.3%.

In September, Donald Trump proposed a total ban on flavoured e-cigarettes. This happened after there were numerous cases of seriously ill people smoking electronic cigarettes in the US. A study by health authorities has shown that vitamin E acetate is the cause.

Till now, there are 2,409 registered cases and 52 deaths.

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