Retailers advised to get ready for tobacco sale law change

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A new law taking effect on July 1 will make it illegal to sell nicotine products to anyone under the age of 21.

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority says the law was passed by the 2019 General Assembly and signed by Governor Ralph Northam earlier this year.

It increases the minimum age to purchase tobacco, nicotine vapor, and other alternative nicotine products from 18 to 21.

“It's important for nicotine product retailers to be aware of this new law and post the appropriate signage by July 1,” said Virginia ABC CEO Travis Hill. “As the Commonwealth authority responsible for enforcement of laws pertaining to alcohol and nicotine products, Virginia ABC offers free training to help alcohol and nicotine product retailers to better understand this new law, as well as other ABC rules and regulations.”

ABC says retailers should remove any signs that are related to nicotine product usage at 18 years of age and replace them with new signs for the new requirement.

The state authority also says licensees will also get a postcard sometime this month that can be displayed to inform customers about the new law.

Come December, retailers will get new “Do Not Sell” stickers to indicate people must be at least 21 to buy nicotine products.

An exemption allows active duty military aged 18 or older who have a valid military ID can still buy nicotine products.

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