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Legal age to buy cigs raised to 21

01 Jan 2020. President Donald Trump has signed a spending bill into law that includes raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, reports CNN.

The new age restriction for cigarettes and vapes is part of a major USD 1.4 trillion spending agreement and has become known as the “Tobacco 21” legislation, which had already been implemented in 19 US states previously.

The new legislation will make it illegal for anyone in the US under the age of 21 to purchase tobacco products or e-cigarettes and vaping products.

In response to the signed bill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tweeted, “As required by the legislation, @US_FDA intends to publish a final rule updating its current regulations solely to carry out the amendments made by the legislation within 180 days. FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available.”