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Drinking & Smoking

Official Travel Information


Drinking Alcohol

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21. Servers are required to ask for identification of those who appear to be younger than 21 years. To prove you are 21 or older, you must show government-issued identification such as a driver’s license or passport. You will not be served alcohol without the original valid ID (no photocopies). Even if you are not ordering alcohol, many bars and clubs will deny access to anyone under the age of 21. 

Cigarettes & Smoking

Smoking in restaurants and public places is becoming increasingly restricted in the United States. A majority of states and the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive smoke-free laws, covering virtually all public places, including restaurants, bars, hotel lobbies and public restrooms. 

Smoking also is prohibited on public transportation, including airplanes, buses and trains. This ban also includes airports, bus terminals and train stations. Each state and local municipality has its own law, so please check before smoking.

The legal age for purchasing cigarettes is 18 in most states. Hawaii is the first state to increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.