CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would raise the state’s minimum legal age for using tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The Senate passed the bill on a 20-14 vote Wednesday. The bill covers all tobacco and vaping products. A similar bill is pending in a House committee.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginia has among the highest youth smoking rates in the nation.
A similar bill died last year in a Senate committee.
Virginia last week became the seventh state to raise the smoking age to 21. Similar bills are pending before lawmakers in several states.