RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law on Thursday the bill that raises the age to purchase tobacco-related products to 21.

Currently, the legal age to purchase tobacco products in the Commonwealth of Virginia is 18. 

House Bill 2748 was introduced by Delegate Chris Stolle.

“I thank the House and Senate leadership as well as the Governor for their bipartisan support to address this growing health concern," Stolle said in a news release.

RELATED: More teens are vaping, but binge drinking and opioid use is down

Teenagers use of traditional tobacco products is at an all-time low, however, teens vaping has doubled. In 2018, over 20 percent of high school seniors reported vaping in the last 30 days, compared to 11 percent in 2017.

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