December 20, 2020- Federal Government Raises Tobacco and Vaping Age to 21
As part of the omnibus bill passed in December of 2019, the age of vaping and tobacco was raised to 21 years of age.
This was one of the many annual laws passed in an omnibus bill to make sure that all public representatives get what they want for the holidays. Although raising the age of tobacco purchasing to 21 is among the least egregious, it is note worthy.
Ted Cruz noted that this would pass in the omnibus bill in December before the vote was passed in this video:
“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.”
The FDA’s website read as such on Dec. 20th 2019, warning retailers that the age of tobacco sales would immediately increase on a federal level.
This was no doubt a big step for the federal government, it will be interesting to follow.