HARRISBURG, Pa. - The legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in Pennsylvania is increasing to 21, although there's an exception for veterans and service members who are at least 18.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a pair of bills that make the age limit also apply to e-cigarettes and vaping products.
They're banned on school grounds outside designated outdoor areas for non-students.
"Numerous studies have shown tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, are particularly harmful and addictive to youths and young adults," Wolf said. "Raising the age to 21 in combination with barring e-cigarettes at our schools will help us prevent young Pennsylvanians from engaging in this dangerous behavior."
The American Lung Association released a statement, saying it's disappointed with the law's military exemption.
"We strongly support protecting all Pennsylvanians from the dangers of tobacco products and will continue to advocate for removing this unfortunate exemption," the association said in its statement.
Pennsylvania joins 18 other states in making 21 the minimum age.
The new age takes effect July 1.