US plans to raise age limit for vaping to 21

Laverne Higgins
November 10, 2019

Trump called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to study the issue in September, and said regulators planned to ban all flavored e-cigarettes.

Now the minimum age to purchase any tobacco or vaping product under federal law is 18.

"These results are unacceptable and that is why we must reset the vapor category in the USA and earn the trust of society by working cooperatively with regulators, Attorneys General, public health officials, and other stakeholders to combat underage use".

US President Donald Trump on Friday said he supported raising the minimum age for the purchase of e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 as part of a plan to curtail youth vaping.

However, no details have yet appeared, leading vaping critics to worry that the administration is backing away from its original plan. But there is little research on their long-term health effects.

On Thursday, e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc said it would immediately halt USA sales of its mint-flavored nicotine cartridges.

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According to a 2015 National Academy of Medicine report, increasing the minimum age to 21 to purchase all tobacco products would decrease tobacco use by 12% by the time teens become adults, and smoking-related deaths would decrease by 10%.

Because the students surveyed were asked questions in spring of 2019, the study showed how students used e-cigarettes before Juul's ban, meaning that the fruity flavors dropped by Juul this October weren't exactly teenage vapers' go-to flavors.

Having already halted sales of fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes, Juul will now only sell menthol and tobacco flavors.

The researchers wrote, "The current findings raise uncertainty whether regulations or sales suspensions that exempt mint flavors are optimal strategies for reducing youth e-cigarette use".

"We're talking about the age, we're talking about flavors, we're talking about keeping people working and, you know, there are some pretty good aspects".

But he also indicated that he was concerned about the impact of regulation on business, in a sign that the administration is considering stepping back from a previously announced complete ban on flavored e-juices that are popular among adolescents.

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