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By LuAnn Schindler

Federal law ups age to purchase tobacco

Nebraska law sets legal age at 19


January 2, 2020

On Dec. 20, President Donald Trump signed a $1.4 trillion spending package that increasing the includes federal minimum age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products, including e-vapor products, from 18 to 21.

The announcement, posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, noted, "It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product - including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes - to anyone under 21."

The FDA regulates all tobacco products.

While the FDA has 180 days to finalize implementation of the age rule and requires it take effect no more than 90 days after...

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