It's becoming more and more popular in the United States. Like its neighbors, the state of Tennessee is considering raising the legal age to buy e-cigarettes at 21. Tennessee lawmakers introduced two bills in a recent session.
During a recent session, Tennessee lawmakers introduced two bills (HB1419 and SB0738) to increase the legal age of 18 to 21 years to buy and use cigarettes and e-cigarettes. If Tennessee passes its bills, it will join the 11 states and 450 localities that have already increased the legal age to 21 years.
According to a survey of registered 600 voters, 77% of Tennessee residents are concerned about the use of e-cigarettes among youth and two-thirds would be in favor of raising the age needed for purchase or consumption vaping products.
For Louise Hanson, medical director of the Zerfoss Student Health Center, support the efforts of the legislature to improve the health of the state.
« The more we can delay addictive behaviors in people whose brains are still developing, the less likely they are to become addicted"Said Hanson. " The students are young adults and their brains are not yet fully formed, the frontal lobe continues to grow and evolve until the age of 20 years. The more we can delay the use of addictive substances in a constantly evolving brain, the better ».
If the HB1419 version of the bill presented to the House has not been passed, the one presented to the Senate, the SB0738, is still being executed on the Committee of the General Subcommittee on Commerce and Labor of the Senate .