Tobacco buying restriction increases to age 21

Per the Federal Food and Drug Administration – 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.


Why Are These Laws Important?

These laws are designed to make regulated tobacco products less accessible and less attractive to youth. Every day, nearly 2,500 kids smoke their first cigarette and more than 400 kids become cigarette daily smokers.7 Additionally, the CDC and FDA found that during 2011-2015, e-cigarette use rose from 1.5 percent to 16.0 percent among high school students.8 Many of these children will become addicted before they are old enough to understand the risks. As a retailer, you play an important role in protecting children and adolescents by complying with the law and regulations.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Consuming tobacco, whether via smoking or e-cigs, is the leading cause of preventable death.

Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer.

Estimates show smoking increases the risk:

For coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times
For stroke by 2 to 4 times
Of men developing lung cancer by 25 times
Of women developing lung cancer by 25.7 times

Smoking causes diminished overall health, increased absenteeism from work, and increased health care utilization and cost.

Kinston Community Health Center is proud to offer top-notch tobacco cessation counseling and treatment. Through the cessation of tobacco consumption, your health, wellness, and quality of life can dramatically improve. Contact our professionals today at 252-522-9800.


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Food and Drug Administration –

Center for Disease Control –