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 TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops 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 McConnellFormer HUD Secretary: Congress 'should invest 0B in direct rental assistance' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated House approves .5T green infrastructure plan MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats MORE (D-Va.).