WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president Dec. 20 that raises the legal age limit on all tobacco sales from 18 to 21 nationwide goes into effect immediately.
About one-third of states already had their own laws restricting tobacco sales to people 21 and older, the AP reported.
Anti-smoking advocates support the change, saying the age limit increase should make it more difficult for young people, particularly high school students, to gain access to tobacco products. Vaping nicotine products has grown in popularity with high school students in recent years, with more than 1 in 4 high school students claiming to have used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
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