FDA raises federal minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21

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It is now illegal for any retailer to sell tobacco products - including cigarettes, cigars and electronic cigarettes - to anyone under 21 years old, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The move applies to all tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vapes containing nicotine and comes one week after President Donald Trump signed the new minimum age into law as part of a sweeping spending package.

The smoking age hike had bipartisan support in the Senate after being introduced in May by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen.

What was unclear in the proposal, however, was when the change in the minimum age would be enacted.

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Both federal and state laws are filled with references to 18 as the legal smoking age.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the new age limit into law on December 20 as part of a larger government funding bill. After that, the change to the minimum age to purchase tobacco would take place within 90 days.

The agency has regulated tobacco products since 2009.

But he has sold other tobacco items, like wraps and cigarillos, things he says are popular among young adults. For any confused retailers, the FDA says it "will provide additional details on this issue as they become available".

A new law that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 is now in effect, the US Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. However, the law does not require a delay the shift to 21.

  • Sonia Alvarado