On Dec. 20, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed a $1.4 trillion spending bill that included a provision to increase the minimum national age from 18 to 21 for tobacco and e-cigarettes. The minimum age 21 provision took effect immediately, and is now in effect across the U.S. 19 US states had already adopted minimum age 21 laws for tobacco and e-cigarettes, though all are not yet in effect. In Canada, only PEI has adopted a minimum age 21 law for tobacco and e-cigarettes, to begin to come into effect March 27, 2020.
Furthermore, on Jan. 2, 2020, the USA FDA announced a new final policy concerning flavoured e-cigarettes. Flavours except tobacco and menthol will be banned in cartridge/pod products. But there will not be flavour restrictions in other types of e-cigarettes, such as the open tank systems in which e-cigarettes are inserted. The FDA policy was criticized by health groups as insufficient.An increasing number of US states and municipalities are adopting restrictions on flavours that go beyond what the FDA has just announced.
- U.S. raises legal smoking age to 21 in effort to curb tobacco use – Gobal News
- News Release: FDA finalizes enforcement policy on unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes that appeal to children, including fruit and mint