FDA officially raises tobacco buying age to 21

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially raised the legal age to buy tobacco products in the United States from 18 to 21.

The move applies to all tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges, and comes after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE last week signed a $1.4 trillion spending package that included a measure raising the tobacco-buying age.

Initially, it was unclear when the age change would take effect. The FDA had six months to amend their policies after Trump signed the bill into law and then 90 days to put the change in place.

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However, the FDA said in a message posted on its website that the change is now in effect.

"It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under 21," the website says. The FDA website says it was updated on Dec. 20, the day Trump signed the legislation. Nineteen states and D.C. had already raised the minimum purchasing age to 21 before the federal legislation.

The federal measure had bipartisan support and was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Republicans give Barr vote of confidence The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (D-Va.).