US Raises Tobacco Buying Age to 21

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Published on December 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:14s

US Raises Tobacco Buying Age to 21

US Raises Tobacco Buying Age to 21.

The new federal law was included in a $1.4 trillion spending bill signed by President Trump.

Both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate had expressed support for the move.

It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product -- including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes -- to anyone under 21, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, via statement.

Previously, the tobacco buying age was 21 in 19 U.S. states and over 500 cities and towns.

The increase comes as the number of vaping-related health injuries has risen exponentially in the U.S. Advocates have applauded the bill, but some claim it does not do enough to curb nicotine use by younger people.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' Matthew Myers says flavored e-cigarettes must also be prohibited.

According to Myers, the flavored devices are the biggest driving force behind the epidemic.

To reverse the e-cigarette epidemic, policy makers must prohibit flavored e-cigarettes and cannot be limited by what the tobacco industry says is acceptable, Matthew Meyers, via statement


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