Herrera Beutler backs bill to raise smoking age

first_imgA resolution that would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 nationwide was co-sponsored by a Republican congresswoman from Washington, a state that last month joined a growing list of individual states making the switch.Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, quietly signed on to the Tobacco to 21 Act when it was introduced to the House floor by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo. Herrera Beutler was one of six original bipartisan co-sponsors, a group that’s since grown to 11 representatives.The resolution, H.R. 2411, would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, including smoking and vaping products.“Jaime supports this measure to curb the rise of cigarette-smoking and vaping among youth,” Angie Riesterer, Herrera Beutler’s communications director, wrote in an email. “Many (18)-year-olds are still in high school, with a high probability of passing on tobacco products to younger students and siblings.”It’s a new position for Herrera Beutler, who in the past hasn’t been vocal one way or the other about raising the legal age for tobacco use nationwide. Riesterer said the congresswoman decided to co-sponsor the legislation based on new developments in the tobacco industry.last_img read more