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Senators McConnell, Kaine secure legislation to increase age to purchase tobacco products to 21

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced that he successfully secured the Tobacco-Free Youth Act in the Fiscal Year 2020 government agreement. The legislation, which he introduced earlier this year with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), would raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, from 18 to 21 and help protect young...

Senators McConnell, Kaine introduce bipartisan Tobbaco-Free Youth Act, raising to age 21 to buy

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) have introduced the bipartisan Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which would raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, from 18 to 21. As senators from two states with a long history of tobacco production and consumption, Senators McConnell and Kaine have seen the negative...

Farm Bill passes both Senate, House, on way to president; includes industrial hemp production

Staff report The U.S. House passed the 2018 Farm Bill on Tuesday by a vote of 369-47, joining the U.S. Senate in approving the bill that empowers farmers to expand cultivation of industrial hemp. It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. He is expected to sign the bill into legislation. The hemp industry is poised to become a $20 billion industry by 2022. U.S. Senate Majority Leader...