New Tobacco 21 Laws Take Effect in 3 States

New restrictions on tobacco purchases are now in effect.

September 03, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt.—Consumers must now be at least 21 years old to purchase cigarette or vape products in Vermont, reports U.S. News. A new state law passed this year went into effect on Sunday, Sept. 1, boosting the minimum age from 18 to 21.

Vermont retailers are busy training employees and posting proper signage, according to Erin Sigrist, president of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association.

Arkansas and Texas tobacco and vape laws also changed on Sept. 1, increasing the minimum age to 21. In addition, Arkansas saw the base markup price for a pack of cigarettes increase 2%, going from 7.5% to 9.5%. The customer will see about a 10-cent difference in price at checkout.

Three more states—New York, Maryland and Connecticut—will implement similar age-requirement laws this year, and Washington and Utah have passed laws that will take effect in 2020 and 2021, respectively. California, Delaware , Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon and Virginia already enforce the minimum 21 age limit law for tobacco purchases.

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