It's more and more popular in the United States. Like its neighbors, the state of Tennessee is considering moving over the legal age for buying e-cigarettes to 21. Tennessee lawmakers introduced two such bills in a recent session.
In a recent session, Tennessee lawmakers introduced two bills (HB1419 and SB0738) to raise the legal age from 18 to 21 for buying and using cigarettes and e-cigarettes. If Tennessee passes its bills, it will join the 11 states and 450 localities that have already raised the legal age to 21.
According to a survey of 600 registered voters, 77% of Tennessee residents are concerned about e-cigarette use among young people and two-thirds would support an increase in the age required for purchase or consumption vaping products.
To 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 develop addiction.“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. The longer we can delay the use of addictive substances in a constantly changing brain, the better ».
While the version of the bill, HB1419 presented to the House has not passed, the one presented to the Senate, SB0738, is still being executed in the Committee of the General Subcommittee on Commerce and Labor of the Senate. .