New Law: 21 To Buy Tobacco Products

As of Sunday, the age limit to buy tobacco products in Arkansas went up.

Now, you must be 21 to buy or possess any tobacco smoking-related product.

Arkansas is one of only 13 states to raise the tobacco age to 21. Other states include California, New Jersey, and Ohio.

Arkansas joined this list on September 1st, along with Texas and Vermont.

In order to be exempt fom the new law, you must have a military I-D card or turn 19 by the end of this year.

The minimum age isn’t the only change though, the base markup price for a pack of cigarettes will increase 2%, going from 7.5% to 9.5%.

Basically meaning, as a consumer, you’ll only see about a 10 cent difference when you go to the checkout line.

E-cigarettes and vaping products are not subject to this tax.

While Arkansas now joins the list to make a change, down the road it may not be a state by state decision. Currently, there is a bill in Congress, known as the Tobacco to 21 Act, that would raise the age nationally.

According to the CDC, 40% or more of high school seniors have used an e-cigarette at some point in time and almost 30% use it on a daily basis.

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