The minimum age to purchase tobacco products is now 21-years-old, as a law signed back in mid-April went into effect on Tuesday.
The bill, S.B. 25, received significant support in the legislature, passing the House of Representatives by a 25-16 vote and the Senate by a 14-6 vote. Following its passage, Gov. John Carney was quick to praise the legislature for sending it to his desk, saying he looked forward to signing it.
In addition to the age increase, the bill also removes language in existing laws that would allow parents to buy tobacco products for their children, and also removes fines for those caught attempting to buy tobacco if they are not of age, instead solely punishing the retailers who are caught selling tobacco products to those under the age of 21. Fines start at $250 and could escalate to $1,000 for retailers with multiple offenses.
Delaware becomes the 16th state to enact such an increase.