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State and Local Update on Minimum Purchase Age

August 13, 2015

Convenience Store and Fuel News

August 12, 2015

By Thomas A. Briant, NATO Executive Director

This year, an increasing number of state legislatures and local city councils and town boards have considered raising the legal age to buy or use tobacco. These proposals have included raising the legal age to either 19 or 21.

The main reasons for this new trend include the adoption of a minimum age 21 to purchase tobacco products in New York City and the FDA-sponsored Institute of Medicine study that researched the public health impact of raising the legal age to 21 or 25 and concluded that raising the legal age to 21 would reduce the number of underage youth that begin using tobacco products.

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