New Law Increases Minimum Age for Tobacco Purchase in MD

A new law increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Maryland is now in effect. As of today October 1st, 2019 the minimum age to purchase all tobacco products in Maryland is 21. A tobacco product includes cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, and snus, electronic smoking devices (ESDs), and filters, rolling papers, pipes and liquids used in electronic smoking devices, regardless of nicotine content, as well as accessories and components.   There is no “grandfathering,” phase-in, or grace period, as of today October 1, 2019, no tobacco sales are permissible to customers under 21. Those who are active duty military and at least 18 years of age are exempt and may be sold tobacco if a valid military identification (ID) card is provided.