HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says that he will raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, after legislation passed both chambers of the state legislature.
Pittsburgh Action News reports that Pennsylvania joins 18 other states in passing new rules that ban the purchase of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under 21. However, the state is making an exception for military veterans or service members who are at least 18.
The rule will take effect July 1, 2020.
The American Lung Association says 50% of the United States’ population already lives in a state or community that has passed a law raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21. Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia and 13 other states have or will soon have 21 as the minimum tobacco-buying age. Colorado is considering raising its state minimum tobacco-purchase age as well. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is pursuing a federal level minimum age raise of 21.