Raising the Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco Products
The current minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products in most states is 18 or 19 years old. To date, six states have set a minimum age to purchase tobacco at 21 years old in an effort to reduce youth usage of tobacco products.
Efforts from local municipalities and counties to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old have increased exponentially the last couple of years. These efforts are not successful in preventing youth usage of tobacco, and subsequently hurt local business owners.
Prohibiting young adults from purchasing tobacco products results in severely reduced tax revenue as governments routinely struggle to secure necessary funds for essential activities. Raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products is unnecessary and only encourages young consumers to seek other ways to acquire tobacco products. These young adults should have the right to purchase tobacco products legally.
To learn more about efforts to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old and arguments against such efforts, please reference the below fact sheet.