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Alaska prepares for increase in age to purchase tobacco


January 2, 2020

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A new federal law is set to increase the national age limit for tobacco and e-cigarette purchases to 21, which will require Alaska to meet a standard that has already been established in Anchorage.

Alaska law currently allows anyone 19 and older to buy tobacco, although Anchorage took legal steps four months ago to raise the age limit to 21, The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

Unless the Alaska Legislatures changes state laws, the new federal law will force an update when it goes into effect in late 2020.

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