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Florida county raises tobacco buying age to 21

First in the state to implement the ordinance

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County will become the first in the state to implement a tobacco ordinance, raising the minimum age for tobacco sales.

The ordinance was passed unanimously and will raise the age of tobacco sales to 21. 

Vendors will have to apply for a one year license to sell tobacco products and they won't be able to sell within a thousand feet of a public school, WCJB reports

If a license is revoked for violations, it cannot be re-issued.

Each city within the county has time to opt out of the ordinance, which will take effect in 9 months.