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Tobacco 21 and Flavor Restrictions: What Actually Happened?

January 30, 2020

Blink and you might have missed it: In December, the federal government passed a bill that raises the legal age to buy tobacco to 21, now in effect. On top of that, the federal government also issued enforcement guidance that will remove some flavored e-cigarette products from the shelves. These laws are in response to the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, with 27.5 percent of high schoolers reportedly using them. This podcast investigates what these federal policies might mean for youth e-cigarette use and discusses what states can do on their own to make tobacco products less available and attractive to youth and young adult consumers.


  • David Dobbins, JD, MPH, Chief Operating Officer, Truth Initiative
  • Joneigh Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, ASTHO