Governor Signs Bills to Allow Sunday Hunting and Age Increase for Cigarettes

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November 27, 2019 - 4:37 pm
Governor Wolf Signs Sunday Hunting and Cigarette Age Hike Bills

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 has 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 nonstudents.

Pennsylvania joins 18 other states in making 21 the minimum age.

The new age takes effect July 1.


The governor has also signed a law permitting hunting on three Sundays per year, but it won’t take effect until early 2020.

Wolf signed the bill just three days before the start of rifle deer season.

Wolf says the measure balances landowners’ needs with those of hunters who can’t take weekdays off from school or work.

The legislation permits Sunday hunting on one day during rifle deer season, one during statewide archery deer season and a third day the Game Commission will pick.

Sunday hunting will require a landowner's written permission. The bill also makes it easier to enforce anti-trespassing laws.

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