New Hampshire to Raise Smoking Age to 19

The change will impact all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, and will take effect January 1.

November 06, 2019

CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire will have a new tobacco purchasing age come January 1, 2020, NHPR/Associated Press reports. The Granite State has raised the legal purchase age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 19.

A bill to bump the tobacco buying age from 18 to 21 fizzled in the Senate, but supporters squeezed in similar language into the state budget. However, this summer, Gov. Chris Sununu refused to sign the budget.

In a compromise reached this fall, the governor approved a budget with a provision that increased the tobacco purchase age to 19. Several localities in the state, such as Newmarket, Dover and Keene, already have the tobacco buying age set at 21.

We Card’s training will cover the new law 30 days in advance of the January 1 effective date, and retailers can get a summary of the law’s requirements at We Card’s website. Currently, more than 12 states have set 21 as the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products.