FDA’s new rule prohibits sale of cigarettes to children: Redundancy is news?

Who could argue against this? Nobody is in favour of providing nicotine in any form to minors.

What I find very odd about this is that though the FDA’s new requirements bring in some changes this particular one, though it is already in place, seems to make the headlines (as in this one at The Medical News).

The FDA restrictions, issued today and scheduled to take effect June 22, bar tobacco sales to people younger than age 18. The agency also prohibited cigarette makers from distributing branded merchandise such as T-shirts and sponsoring sporting or entertainment events. The FDA invited comment on whether to restrict some forms of outdoor advertising for tobacco. (Source)

But then we have:

Age Restrictions on Sales of Tobacco Products: All 50 states and the District of Columbia prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors. Most states define minors as persons under 18 years of age; however, enforcement varies widely. Four states – Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah – define minors as persons less than 19 years of age. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia require retailers to post signs at or near the point of purchase stating that selling tobacco products to minors is illegal. (Source)

Must be a really slow news day! Or is the news that 18 year olds in Alabama, Alask, New Jersey and Utah can now purchase tobacco?

-PLB

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