United States to raise age limit for vaping

Henrietta Brewer
November 10, 2019

President Trump said vaping became a big industry and the administration is considering flavors, age of use and industry jobs in the decision.

These recent studies suggest that a complete ban on these "fun" flavors that attract younger people could be a much better alternative. Vaping advocates have argued they're a tool for adults smokers to quit combustible cigarettes, and vape shop owners have argued that limits on sales of flavors would destroy their businesses.

The Trump administration has also proposed banning almost all e-cigarette flavors, but has not acted on that yet. Currently, in the United States, the minimum age for the purchase of tobacco or vaping products is 18 under federal law, although one-third of the states have raised the minimum age for sales to 21.

Trump resisted any specifics on the scope of the restrictions.

The White House's age requirement follows similar proposals like those put forth by Wisconsin lawmakers, who plan to hold a public hearing next week to limit the sale of vaping and other tobacco products to people over age 21.

Crosthwaite said the company would support the anticipated federal "flavor policy".

It came as the cases of vaping-related lung disease in the country exceeded 2,000, causing 39 dead, as of November 5, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost 40 million adults in the United States still smoke cigarettes, and some of them might be interested in turning to e-cigarette products as a way to quit, even though e-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation tool. The voluntary step comes days after new government research showed that Juul is the top brand among high schoolers who use e-cigarettes and that many prefer mint. According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, almost 1 million adolescencents used e-cigarette products daily, with a majority favoring ones made by Juul.

Vaping-related illnesses have also increased. Of those students, the researchers found an estimated 72.2% of high school students and 59.2% of middle school students reported using favored flavored e-cigarettes. With mint dropped from its offerings, Juul now only offers tobacco and menthol flavors.

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