Sometime in the new year, consumers must be at least 21 years old to buy tobacco products.
President Donald Trump signed a bill on December 20 that passed with bipartisan support by Congress to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 years old.
The new minimum will take affect after the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services publishes a final rule to update the regulations of the Food and Drug Administration. That must happen within 180 days of passage, and the new rule would take affect no more than 90 days after that.
The new minimum age applies to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges.
The provision is part of a $1.4 trillion spending package signed by the President, which also included $1.4 billion for building the U.S.-Mexico border wall and $25 million for gun violence research.