State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System

STATE System

The STATE System is an interactive application that presents current and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control.

The recently updated fact sheet, Minimum Legal Sales Age (MLSA) Laws for Tobacco Products, is now available on the STATE system website here. It includes information regarding the federal Synar regulation (which requires states to enforce laws to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21), an overview of the federal T21 law, and an interactive map of states/territories that have raised their MLSA to 21 to align with the federal law.

As highlighted in the fact sheet, the federal T21 law does not preclude state, local, tribal, or territorial governments from passing a law that that is more restrictive than the federal law, including raising the MLSA for tobacco products above 21 years.

Notably, the town of Brookline, Massachusetts recently passed a law to prohibit the sale of all tobacco-related products to anyone born after Jan. 1, 2000. This law, known as a tobacco free generation (TFG) law, is the first of its kind in the United States and is designed to prevent future generations from using any type of commercial tobacco product, including e-cigarettes.

Suggested Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System. Available at:

Page last reviewed: August 12, 2021, 12:00 AM