Minimum Age for Tobacco Sales Rises to 21; 7/20

Cigarettes Will be Sold to Those Over 21 Years Old Beginning Tomorrow.

Cigarettes Will be Sold to Those Over 21 Years Old Beginning Tomorrow in Portland.

A Pack of Newport's Costs Over $6.00.

A Pack of Newport’s Costs Over $6.00.

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,653)

The City of Portland has issued a press release reminding the public that beginning tomorrow Wednesday, July 20th, the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products changes from 18 to 21 years of age.  On June 20th, the Portland City Council voted in favor of this change.

Therefore, in the City of Portland, no individual, corporation, partnership, unincorporated or other entity may sell, furnish, give away or offer to sell, furnish or give away a tobacco product to any individual under the age of 21.  This includes cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, powdered tobacco or other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

The sale of tobacco is also prohibited unless a clearly visible notice is posted at the location where the tobacco products are available for purchase.

Tobacco retailers in the City must now cease sales of all tobacco products to persons under the age of 21 and post a notice notifying customers of the prohibition on sales to persons under 21 years of age.

Retailers who need assistance with this new requirement or access to materials on the subject can contact Kristen Dow, Public Health Division, at 207 – 874-8634.