The official federal legal age for purchasing tobacco in the United States of America has been raised from 18 to 21 years. This is according to a new bill signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday, December 27, 2019. Twenty states in the U.S have already towed this line and raised the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21. The passing of this law is not unconnected to a slew of E-cigarettes and vaping-related lung disease cases and deaths from its use which has created a health epidemic amongst the youth in the U.S.
The law will take effect in the summer of 2020 when the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21 will be a violation of federal law. Until now, the federal mandated legal age for the purchase of tobacco had been at least 18 since the 1990s.
The law also regulates other forms of products related to tobacco-like, e-cigarettes and vaping cartridge which is a derivative of traditional tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars.
The United States of America have recently been confronted with the harsh effect of e-cigarette and vaping. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that 27.5% of U.S. high school students are reported to be using e-cigarettes in the past month.
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