By | December 27, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has raised the federal minimum age to buy tobacco. Last week, the President signed the legislation into law but there was not a set date as to when it would go into effect.

The FDA has posted the following on its website:

“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. 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.”

Even though it’s illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 21, the FDA said there is more to be done to finalize the bill.

It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under the age of 21 years.

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As required by the legislation, @US_FDA intends to publish a final rule updating its current regulations solely to carry out the amendments made by the legislation within 180 days. FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available.

Once the final rule is published, the new regulations will take go into effect no more than 90 days later.