Legislation that would raise the national age limit to purchase tobacco products including e-cigarettes to 21 is likely to pass this week under a year-end congressional spending bill.

The move would bring the rest of the nation in parity with the 21-or-older law already in effect in Hawaii since 2015.

President Donald Trump expressed support for such a measure last month.

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and a bipartisan congressional delegation including U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a bill this April to raise the tobacco-purchasing age to 21.

“Raising the minimum smoking and vaping age to 21 will protect our kids and save lives,” said Schatz in a press release Monday.

Companion legislation was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also introduced a similar bipartisan bill called the Tobacco-Free Youth Act this May.

Neither bill passed, and ultimately the provision has been added to the congressional spending bill.

The provision follows growing concern about a string of vaping related illnesses and deaths that have occurred across the nation.

Hawaii has some of the highest youth-vaping rates in the nation.

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