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As the popularity for many “new” tobacco products, like electronic cigarettes, increased, so did the age to buy them.

President Donald Trump signed legislation that raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco in the United States from 18 to 21 on Dec. 20. The change comes after a series of vaping-related illnesses among teenagers over several months.

Store Manager of Mellow Vapes, in the Shops at Shadowline shopping center, Kim Parrish said the change seemed to come “overnight.”

“It was kind of like, ‘Oh, OK. I know I just served you yesterday, but we definitely can’t now,’” Parrish said.

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With a change that seemed to come “overnight,” many stories had to create their own signage, like this one at Mellow Vapes in the Shops at Shadowline shopping center.

Parrish said her store was told to turn people away who weren’t 21 and switch signs that previously stated the legal age to purchase was 18 for those that state it is 21.

Jeffrey Case, a sophomore environmental science major, said he thinks the change might make App State’s campus healthier.

“I feel like a lot of people, you know, will definitely try to stay off the nicotine addiction and…



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