New Year, New Laws

On Dec. 21 President Trump signed a bill mandating the federal smoking age to be raised to 21 years of age in the U.S.

Beginning in the summer of 2020, it will be a violation of federal law to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. Since the 1990s, federal law mandated the legal age to purchase tobacco be at least 18.

Due to numerous illnesses and deaths resulting from vape products in the past year, the law also encompasses e-cigarettes and vaping cartridge, not just traditional tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, adding regulation to an industry that has conducted business largely unchecked and regulated.

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