WASHINGTON, D.C. (WYMT) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is leading the push to increase the smoking age from 18 to 21.
His measure would cover tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and vapor products.
Kentucky's senior senator says tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and vaping have become a completely new health epidemic. The spike has been concentrated in teenagers and not just 18-year-olds.
From 2017 to 2018 high school students' use of tobacco products increase nearly 40%.
The bluegrass has had among the highest cancer rates in the country. McConnell also says Kentucky leads the entire nation in the percentage of cancer cases tied directly to smoking.