On Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed HB 473 into law, a bill that will raise the state’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products and tobacco alternatives such as e-cigarettes from 18 to 21-years-old.
The move comes as many states are updating their laws to reflect the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco, which was raised to 21-years-old in Dec. 2019 as part of a spending bill signed by former president Donald Trump. As states, cities and other local governments are generally the ones tasked with enforcement of the minimum purchasing age, they have had to pass bills and ordinances updating their laws. Only about a dozen states have not yet updated their laws to match the federal minimum age.
The increase goes into effect on Aug. 1.