House-passed bill cracks down on E-cig, vaping sales to youth
The House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan bill designed to stop children from buying e-cigarettes and other vaping products online.
The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act closes loopholes that exempt online e-cigarette retailers from federal age verification requirements.
“Today, the House took an important first step toward addressing the youth vaping epidemic,” said Democrat Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who is a co-sponsor of the bill. “With one in four high school students using e-cigarettes and more vaping-related illnesses and deaths every day, it is long past time our government takes on its moral responsibility to solve this problem.”
Saying that the legislation is not a silver bullet to end the youth vaping epidemic, Rep. DeLauro has called for a ban on all e-cigarette products and comprehensive legislation.
The legislation would require online age verification for the purchase of e-cigarettes and vapor products, require age verification at the delivery of the products, and comply with all state and local tobacco tax requirements.
The bill now goes to the Senate.