On June 29th, 2020, Governor Reynolds signed a new law into effect for Iowa. The law raises the legal age to 21 to purchase tobacco, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, including vapor products, and cigarettes. The alcohol beverage division of commerce will also develop a tobacco compliance employee training program not to exceed 2 hours in length for employees of retailers.

Therefore, this puts Iowa law in line with the recent federal law raising the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21. By signing this new law into effect, Governor Reynolds ensures that Iowa law enforcement officials will be able to enforce the law. Plus, the state would continue to receive up to $3.2 million in federal funding for state-run substance abuse programs. This is another-way for prevention to help save lives. Tobacco 21 laws can help prevent youth from smoking or vaping and save some lives.

Lisa McConnell
Tobacco Prevention Specialist
Behavioral Health and Treatment Services
Sieda Community Action
310 West Main Street, Ottumwa