Tobacco Enforcement: Halting Tobacco Sales to Minors
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) has implemented new state law that mirrors federal tobacco sales minimum age requirements. Public Chapter No. 732 raises the state tobacco sale minimum age required from 18 to 21. The law has been effective since January 1, 2021.
Tennessee’s Youth Access to Tobacco Program administers the Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco and Vapor Products Act for the purpose of reducing access by minors to tobacco products through various prohibitions and restrictions on the sale, distribution, and receipt of such products. This includes conducting random, unannounced inspections of locations where tobacco products are sold or distributed.
Anyone appearing to be under 30 years of age must present a valid photo ID and be at least 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vapor products.