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Arkansas Increasing Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21 on Sept. 1

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Arkansas will become one of twelve states that will require individuals to purchase tobacco to be 21.

Somewhat quietly, the state passed H.B. 1980 last month that modifies the state’s existing tobacco laws. In it is a change that will increase those purchasing tobacco to be at least 21 effective Sept. 1, 2019.

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There are two exceptions. First, those serving in the U.S. military will be allowed to purchase tobacco if they are under 21. Second, anyone who will be at least 19 by Dec. 31, 2019 will be allowed to purchase tobacco without being 21.

Eleven other states have increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21.

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Charlie Minato
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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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