Minimum age to purchase tobacco raised to 21

The U.S. Food and Drug administration has officially changed the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Included in this change are e-cigarettes and vaping products.

This measure was a part of a larger $1.4 trillion spending package that President Donald Trump signed into law last week. According to USA Today, the measure had bipartisan support in the Senate after being introduced in May by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.



While the FDA had six months to amend their rules and an additional 90 days to put it into practice, a message posted on their website on Dec. 20 reflected the change is now in effect.

The website reads: “It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21.”