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California Tobacco 21 Law


As of December 20, 2019, the federal age of sale for tobacco products is 21 with no exemption for military personnel.  

Please visit the Food and Drug Administration website 
"This is Our Watch"  for more information and to obtain free resources.

Tobacco Age of Sale Warning Sign



Under 21 Prohibited Tobacco 21 Law -The Sale of Tobacco Products or Electronic Smoking Devices to Persons under 21 is Prohibited

Retailer smiling at her register Retailer Information and Resources

Tobacco Control Laws that Affect California Retail Businesses 2021 (PDF, 1.80MB)

This letter from State Health Officer and California Department of Public Health Director describes new tobacco laws that apply to California retailers and provides information and resources to help retailers comply with the new law.
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