Regulations on e-cigarettes have been a talked about topic in the vaping community for years now, with the FDA just beginning to address the matter. Legislators have been pushing for all kinds of action, however one of the most important areas is that of e-cigarette usage by minors has. Simply put, e-cigarettes and all related products do not belong in the hands of minors. And with regulations beginning to take hold, it only makes sense that states institute laws preventing sales of the products to those underage.
41 states have acted upon the ability to disallow minors from purchasing e-cigarettes, just like they would not be able to purchase traditional tobacco cigarettes. But what is the deal with the remaining 9 states? Why are they still allowing minors to legally obtain alternative cigarettes?
The reasoning is actually quite foolish, and it has nothing to do with lawmakers thinking e-cigarettes are okay for minors to use!
Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, Oregon, and New Mexico currently do not have laws banning electronic cigarette sales to those under 18, and the fault lies on legislators who have been unable to look past the concept of alternative cigarettes, unsure of how to proceed. They do not know whether to categorize them as tobacco cigarettes knowing they are full-fledged alternatives, developed from technological advancements, or as tobacco products, and the laws remain at a standstill. So, as a result, no laws have been passed and no bans have been instituted to keep e-cigs out of the hands of minors.
As technology progresses, which is happening at such an accelerated pace, these legislators simply cannot keep up. The industry is moving ahead, while they fumble over terminology.
On the contrary, states such as Connecticut and Rhode Island have gotten the e-cigarette sales ban completely right. Not only did the states enact laws that ban the sales of e-cigs to minors, they’ve also added very accurate verbiage to describe them explicitly as “electronic nicotine delivery systems.”
E-cigarette businesses, both on the manufacturing side as well as the retail end, are in agreement with reasonable regulations, particularly in favor of banning their sales when it comes to minors. They do, after all, make sense! It is massively unfortunate that the industry is at the mercy of lawmakers and regulators who not only have no true understanding of the products, and cannot look past the concept of tobacco, however they are wasting time allowing underage persons to purchase electronic cigarettes, while they attempt to figure out what to call them.
Simply, e-cigarette regulations in regards to age, make complete sense! Regardless of what you call them, these product are not meant for use by minors!