FDA Has Raised the Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco from 18 to 21

According to the latest updates from the Food and Drug Administration, the organization has increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. Until now, anyone above the age of 18 was able to purchase tobacco products across the country, unless opposed by other rules. Now that the federal level restriction has been imposed, retailers cannot sell tobacco products, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. This change comes as a part of amendment that were signed by the president on 20th of December.

The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was amended and the proposal to do so was introduced in May by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. At that time, however, a specific date on which the changes would be implemented was not published by either the FDA or the government. However, a 90-day window was provided. According to the information that is currently published on FDA website, however, this shift from 18 to 21 has already happened. As said earlier, customers will have to show an ID proving the same to make the purchase.

“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,” reads the update on the official website of Food and Drug Administration, United States. The organization itself has not received a complete set of details about the change and the page is said to be updated frequently.

Susie Blanco