The provision was part of a $1.4 trillion spending package signed by President Trump on December 20 that amended the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
According to USA Today, the measure had bipartisan support in the Senate after being introduced in May by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen.
The legislation amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which gives the FDA the authority to regulate all tobacco products, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco.
Some retailers received messages from corporate offices to no longer sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, which comes after the Food and Drug Administration released a statement saying it is now illegal to do so.
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The Mid-Michigan District Health Department said they're aware kids are addicted to tobacco with the rise of popularity with vaping and they say this new legislation is a step in the right direction.
Lawmakers have changed the smoking age to match the drinking age. Those new rules will take effect within 90 days of being announced.
By the time Congress raised the legal limit last week, a change folded into a massive spending bill, about one-third of the states already had their own laws restricting tobacco sales to people 21 and younger. Stores can be fined or barred from selling tobacco for repeat violations.
" Almost all people who smoke begin smoking before age 21-while their brains are particularly vulnerable to the effects of nicotine-and most young people get tobacco and nicotine products from peers in their social networks who can legally buy them". FDA will provide additional details on this issue as they become available.