Any person under the age of 21 can’t legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the United States. This writes CBS News.
A new law passed last week by Congress, also applies to electronic cigarettes, which heat a liquid containing nicotine.
The provision on increasing the legislative limit from 18 to 21 across the country was included in a massive spending bill passed by Congress and signed by the President on December 20. About one-third of States already have enacted their own laws restricting the sale of tobacco to those who have not reached 21 years of age.
“This is an important step in protecting the next generation of children from addiction to tobacco products,” he wrote last week of a new FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn.
Usually the new legislation comes into force immediately. The change just increased the age limit of existing law, so it took effect immediately, said Friday, December 27, a representative of the Department for control over products and medicines.
The Agency regulates tobacco products since 2009. It enforces the law in part through random checks. Shops can be fined or deprived of the ability to sell tobacco for repeated violations.
Supporters of tobacco control say that the age barrier should hinder the purchase of tobacco by young people, especially students who have friends or classmates over 18 years.
As previously wrote ForumDaily:
Doctors talk about “weepingboy epidemic”, while manufacturers of electronic cigarettes claim that their health risk is still less than the harmful effects of traditional Smoking.
According to the latest data, 15 people have died from vaping.
Only in the United States was more than 530 cases of pulmonary disease associated with the use of wapow. More than half of all patients under the age of 25. In addition to the deaths there were cases of coma and disability.
The disease develops suddenly and is accompanied by not only the standard symptoms of cough and General weakness, but also specific: shortness of breath, increasing respiratory distress and formation of bilateral infiltrates on the lungs.
Flavored electronic cigarettes is officially banned in the state of new York. The ban will apply at least 90 days.
Before the ban the electronic cigarette was introduced in San Francisco — he became the first city in the United States who did this.