If you want to purchase tobacco products in Vermont, you will now need to be at least 21-years-old as a piece of legislation passed back in May went into effect today.
The bill, S. 86, also raises the minimum age to possess tobacco product, and violators will be subject to s a fine of $25. On the retail side, anyone selling tobacco to a person under 21 will be subject to a fine of $100 for a first offense and $500 for each subsequent violation. There is no exemption for members of the military, which has been found in legislation in other states.
Texas and Arkansas also saw their minimum age to purchase tobacco products go to 21-years-old today, meaning 13 states and the District of Columbia now have Tobacco 21 laws in place. Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio, Washington and Utah will be increasing their tobacco purchase ages to 21 in the coming months.