In the United States, more and more states are choosing to limit the age limit for vape products or introduce new regulations on e-cigarettes. This is the case of the state of Massachusetts which currently proposes to limit to 21 the minimum age for buying tobacco products and to impose new regulations on the e-cigarette.
The vise is tightening more and more on the vape industry in the United States. In the state of Massachusetts, anti-smoking groups want the law to set the minimum age for buying tobacco products at 21 years in order to reduce teen smoking. If the minimum age is currently set at 21 years in 170 state cities, it is still at 18 years in a few others. The goal would clearly be to standardize regulation by making Massachusetts the sixth state to set the minimum age of purchase at 21 years.
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives took the first steps to make this change by approving a proposal to raise the age of 21 years for all tobacco products and to establish new regulations for the e-cigarette. The measure, approved by a vote of 146 for and against 4 must also be approved by the Senate and be signed by the governor Charlie Baker.
« We need to take stronger action to reduce youth smoking and nicotine addiction", Said the representative Lori Ehrlich" It would create a uniform law across the state because right now kids just have to go to another city to shop legally".
The proposal would also prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. E-cigarette manufacturers, on the other hand, would be required to use child-resistant vials for e-liquids with nicotine. The penalty for failure to comply with this provision will be 1 000 dollars per offense.
Michael Seilback, a spokesman for the American Lung Association for its part, a proliferation of e-cigarettes among teenagers and young adults. "Many parents do not even know that their children use e-cigarettes", did he declare.
If the new regulations are approved, they will come into effect on 31 next December.