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FDA Will Not Enforce Tobacco 21 in Compliance Checks, SIGMA Requests Enforcement Delay

January 17, 2020

On January 15th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a new statement on its website regarding the change in the federal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 (known as Tobacco 21). The agency says the 21 minimum age is effective immediately and retailers should take measures to ensure purchasers are 21 or older—including checking IDs. FDA, however, stated that during the period of transition, it will only use individuals under 18 for compliance checks.


SIGMA: America's Leading Fuel Marketers is the national trade association representing fuel marketers and convenience store chain retailers in the United States and Canada. Our approximately 260 corporate members command nearly 50 percent of the petroleum retail market, selling approximately 80 billion gallons of motor fuel each year.