It is Now Illegal for Anyone Under 21 to Buy Cigarettes in Michigan
Last week when Donald Trump singed a sweeping bill that made buying tobacco and vape products illegal for anyone under 21, we wondered when it would take effect… apparently the answer is NOW.
USA Today reports that while normally it takes a while for a law to go into effect, a spokesperson for the Food and Drug Administration has said that because this change “simply increased the age limit in existing law… it was able to go into effect immediately”.
It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product – including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes – to anyone under the age of 21 years.
— FDA Tobacco (@FDATobacco) December 21, 2019
Previously, ABC News had reported that it could take about nine months, as the Food and Drug Administration would have 180 days to update its regulations and then the new law would go into effect 90 days after that.
Apparently we’re not the only ones confused.
MLive reports that one Michigan vape store owner says there is “a massive amount of confusion” about the new age requirements among tobacco businesses. Marc Slis, owner of 906 Vapor in Houghton, tells MLive there hasn’t been any clear communication from the FDA or state of Michigan about it.
Michigan Attorney General spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney told MLive that business owners are expected to stay up to date on laws regarding their markets and that local prosecutors will handle enforcement.