Virginia Bumps Up Age To Buy Tobacco Products from 18 to 21 Amidst Vaping Epidemic

Virginia’s newly instated tobacco regulation has raised the overall buy age from 18 to 21. The bill (HB 2748) was simply signed into legislation by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Thursday, however will formally go into impact on July 1. This comes because the U.S. Surgeon General has declared teenage vaping as an epidemic. The amended tobacco legislation is supposed to discourage teenagers from utilizing e-cigarettes and vapes. It does, nevertheless, exempt lively responsibility navy personnel.

“By raising the minimum age for purchase to 21, this will have a positive effect on our schools by lessening the chances of teenagers obtaining vaping products from friends and classmates who are already 18,” Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox mentioned. Surely, this may deter a lot of these ages 18, 19 and 20 from buying tobacco merchandise. But, solely time will inform if the legislation efficiently curbs the epidemic altogether. Meanwhile, native companies throughout the state of Virginia are gearing up for an enormous hit come this summer season.

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