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FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) works to ensure a healthier life for every family.

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Tobacco 21

In December 2019, the President signed legislation raising the federal minimum age for sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. Effective immediately, this law makes it illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. FDA has developed a webpage to provide the latest information on this new legislation—commonly referred to as “Tobacco 21” or “T21”. The webpage currently houses responses to commonly asked questions, a recently released webinar, CTP’s web statement on the new legislation, as well as information on resources for retailers to help verify the age of customers.

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Market a Tobacco Product

New tobacco products may not be legally marketed in the U.S. without authorization from FDA. Learn more about the three pathways (SE, PMTA and EX) to market.

Small Businesses Assistance

CTP’s Office of Small Business Assistance is available to help industry understand and comply with FDA’s tobacco laws and regulations.

About the Center

FDA's Center for Tobacco Products regulates the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect public health.

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Contact CTP

1-877-287-1373 (9am EST-4pm EST)
For General Inquiries: AskCTP@fda.hhs.gov

Center for Tobacco Products
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Document Control Center
Building 71, Room G335
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

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