Tobacco Sales Enforcement Program

The New National Law Raises Age for Sales of Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Devices to 2119MDH045_T21_Poster_r2


On Dec. 20, 2019, the President of the United States signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, raising 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.  There is NO MILITARY EXEMPTION and no grandfathering clause.

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For Retailers

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As of October 1, 2019, selling, distributing or offering to sell tobacco products to anyone under 21 is illegal. You are responsible for upholding the law. Compliance checks will be conducted and enforced on a continuous basis to ensure your store is following federal, state and local laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco to any person under the age of 21. If you are found guilty of selling any tobacco product, including vapes, to anyone under the age of 21, federal fines are in excess of $10,000 and you could even lose your li