Proposed bill would raise national legal sales age for vaping products

A bill with bipartisan support could increase the national minimum legal sales age (MLSA) to buy tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21. Altria and Juul Labs support such policies.

Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and Juan Vargas (D-Ca.) have introduced legislation meant to increase the national minimum legal sales age (MLSA) to purchase tobacco and other non-medical nicotine products from 18 years to 21 years.

The bill, announced by Aderholt via an unprecedented press release, is a direct response to the so-called youth vaping epidemic that the Food and Drug Administration (<span class="glossaryLink " data-cmtooltip="

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Federal agency of the United States of America. It belongs to he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and aims at promoting and protecting public health through the regulation and the supervision of various products among which tobacco products since 2009.

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What’s being proposed?

“In 1984, Congress raised the national minimum drinking age to 21 after realizing the dangers of teenagers having easy access to alcohol. Smoking is just as much of a danger to health and life as drinking, and even more so to those who are still young and impressionable,” Aderholt said in the press release, officially announcing the introduction of the Stopping Consumption of Tobacco by Teens (SCOTT) Act.

The original form of the bill his coded H.R. 2084 and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Aderholt’s SCOTT Act is a proposal not only to increase MLSA for nicotine and other nicotine products but also establishes a regulatory framework to allow the FDA more extensive powers for enforcing age verification.

This legislation is noteworthy because it is the first bipartisan proposal advocating an MLSA increase on the cusp of now-former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s so-called historical action against the vaping industry

One of the critical components of the bill is a series of regulations on the e-commerce sales of vaping products and e-juices. According to the press release announcing the legislation, online retailers will be required to have better age verification methods by requiring customers who navigate to a storefront to input their age, name, and other necessary data and run such information against a third party database.



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