On Tuesday, the Anchorage City Council voted unanimously in favor of increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to 21-years-old, a change that will go into effect next month.
Retailers will be subject to fines beginning at $500 for violating the new law, which can escalate to $1,000 for a third violation within a 12-month period.
The increase is set to go into effect on Aug. 20.
Anchorage is home to an estimated 291,500 residents.
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