The measure was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado and Sens. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Dick Durbin of Illinois. Seventeen other members of Congress, all Democrats, are co-sponsoring the legislation, which is aimed at reducing tobacco use among young people and helping to save lives.
Several states already have raised the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21. Hawaii and California were the first to pass such a law. In July, New Jersey joined them, and in August, Maine and Oregon did the same.
In most states, the legal age to buy tobacco products is 18; in a few it is 19.
Publishers Notes: But it's OK to serve your country and even die for it at 18. Perhaps Liberals feel you're not MAN ENOUGH at 18 because they can't decide, am I a man or a woman?