In the United States, the so-called "epidemic" of using e-cigarettes by young people does not stop to emerge new bills. Mitch McConnell, leader of the American majority in the Senate, announced Thursday his intention to introduce a bill to raise the minimum age of 18 years to 21 years on vaping products. The goal would obviously be to reduce "epidemic" consumption among adolescents.
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« For some time now, I have heard of parents who witnessed an unprecedented surge of vaping in their teenage children ... (...) Unfortunately, it reaches epidemic levels in the country"Said the Republican senator from Kentucky in a statement.
The proposal Mitch McConnell comes as most states and cities in the United States have decided to raise the legal age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes. According to a study conducted in 2015 by the National Academy of Medicine, raising the legal minimum age to 21 would prevent 223 000 premature deaths.
So far, 12 states have enacted laws to raise the minimum age to 21 years, including New Jersey and California. Lawmakers in the state of New York and Maryland have also approved legislation.
In a statement, the group's CEO Altria, Howard Willard, said the company " strongly supported McConnell's decision, calling it " action plan to reverse the rise in e-cigarette use rates among minors".
Electronic cigarette manufacturers are already under pressure from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which announced plans in March to curb the use of devices that include nicotine in adolescents.
The Altria group has been a major contributor to Mitch McConnell's campaigns, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks the evolution of political investments. Indeed, McConnell received 31 900 dollars for his election campaign from Altria.