The FDA has raised the Legal Age to Buy Tobacco Products from 18 to 21 years old.
The United States has a new Tobacco Buying Age according to the US Food and Drug Administration. President Trump signed the new age into law last week when he approved a massive spending bill.
According the FDA” it is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product — including cigarettes, cigars, and e-cigarettes — to anyone under 21…” This move comes after public outcry for the government to do something about an increasing Vaping Problem.
2019 was a year that really shed light on the issues surrounding Vaping, although it was considered an alternative to smoking. The CDC reported nearly 3,000 vaping related lung injuries. Additionally, 54 people have died as a result of Vape related lung injuries.
Some public health groups have applauded the New tobacco buying age because it makes it harder for youth to have access. Others are calling for President Trump and Congress to do more about the flavored e-cigarettes. Some groups and parents believe it’s the packaging and taste that is luring the kids to smoke and causing addiction.
In a statement President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Matthew Myers had this to say about the new law. “The evidence is clear that flavored e-cigarettes are driving the youth epidemic. Most youth e-cigarette users use flavored products and cite flavors as a key reason for their use. As long as flavored e-cigarettes remain available, kids will find ways to get them and this epidemic will continue.”
While this new law should be considered a valuable step in the right direction to curve youth vaping incidents.
History has shown us that just because the government makes it harder to have access doesn’t mean it will stop the trend. It wasn’t until the government forced cigarette companies to stop glorifying their products while marketing did smoking go down.
What do you guys think though? Is the new tobacco buying age enough? or does more need to be done
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