Anchorage raises minimum age for tobacco, nicotine purchases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — People wanting to buy tobacco and nicotine products in Anchorage will have to be at least 21 years old, starting next month.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the new local law will go into effect Aug. 20.

The move comes after the Anchorage Assembly unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that raises the age requirement from 19 to 21.

The new rule applies to tobacco as well as electronic smoking devices containing nicotine.

The statewide minimum age for tobacco is 19.

Anchorage is the second Alaska city to raise the minimum age. Sitka was the first last year.