FDA raises minimum age to buy to tobacco to 21


The federal minimum age to buy tobacco products in the United States is now 21.

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

The measure, which had bipartisan support, is part of the $1.4 trillion spending package signed by President Trump last week. The tobacco purchase age was part of a list of provisions attached to the bill.

According to Convenience Stores News, after the bill was signed on Dec. 20, the FDA had six months to amend its policy.

Overall, 19 states had already made it illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase tobacco.