FDA: It is now illegal to sell tobacco to those under 21

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 27th, 2019 9:14 am

It is now illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

The law raising the age to 21 was signed earlier this month, although it was originally unclear exactly when the law would take effect, as it allowed for several months to implement it. The FDA recently updated its website to clarify that selling tobacco products to those under 21 is currently illegal.

"Note: On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raise the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years," the FDA wrote on its site. "It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product — including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes — to anyone under 21. FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available."

The website was updated on December 20.


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