FDA 21U.S. (12/29/19) — Pres. Donald Trump has taken action to curb the nationwide sale of tobacco products to individuals younger than 21 years old.

Retailers that sell the products have already posted signs across the area listing those under 21 cannot enter the stores nor purchase e-cigarettes, hookah and pipe tobacco, cigarettes or cigars.

Trump signed the amended Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act into law Dec. 20, raising the purchase age from 18 to 21 that is currently in effect, according the the FDA.

Nineteen states including Washington D.C. previously raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, from 18 to 21 years old. The recent legislation was backed by Republicans and Democrats.

The federal law was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va).

McConnel said earlier this year that one of his priorities was to take the lead in curbing the main cause of death across the country including Kentucky that leads the nation in cancer causing deaths directly linked to smoking, contrary to earlier opposition of the FDA regulations related to the tobacco industry in the 1990s.

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