Raising the Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco Products to 21
It will become illegal for anyone under 21 in the United States to purchase vape products, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products
President Trump signed a bill on Friday, December 20, 2020 raising the federal age requirement of who can legally purchase tobacco products to 21.
This change means that in less than a year it will become illegal for anyone under 21 in the United States to purchase vape products and e-cigarettes, as well as more traditional tobacco products. The new age requirement will take effect in about nine months. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has 180 days to update its regulations, and they will go into effect 90 days after that.
This comes as e-cigarette use has spiked among U.S. teenagers. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 27.5% of US high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past month. In Wauwatosa, 45% of high school students reported using an e-cigarette at least once in their lifetime, with 16% reporting having used one in the last 30 days.