You Soon Will Need to Be 21 to Buy Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania increases tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21

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What to Know

  • Pennsylvania has increased the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21.
  • Pennsylvania joins 18 other states in making 21 the minimum age.
  • The new age takes effect July 1.

The legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in Pennsylvania is increasing to 21, although there's an exception for veterans and service members who are at least 18.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a pair of bills that make the age limit also apply to e-cigarettes and vaping products.

They're banned on school grounds outside designated outdoor areas for nonstudents.

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"Numerous studies have shown tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, are particularly harmful and addictive to youths and young adults," Wolf said.

Pennsylvania joins 18 other states in making 21 the minimum age.

The new age takes effect July 1.

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