Data has shown that 90% of adults started smoking before age 21
Where is Rhode Island on control vaping, e-cigs?
Washington and Illinois became the latest states to pass laws to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. These laws will apply to tobacco products, e-cigarettes and other Vaping products - and goes into effect January 2020.
They join a number of states passing laws to do this, including; Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Arkansas, Virginia, and Utah.
Many municipalities are passing age restrictions on tobacco and vaping products. The latest among the 450 localities are Washington, D.C., New York City, Cleveland, San Antonio, Kansas City and Chicago. This was released by the “Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids”.
The latest National Youth Tobacco survey found a 78% increase in e-cigarette use among middle schoolers and high school students. While it may be true that tobacco use has declined, studies have shown e-cigarette and vaping to be increasingly popular with students under 21 years of age.
Health data has shown that 90% of adults started smoking before age 21. The Institute of Medicine concluded that rising the age to 21 would likely reduce adult smoking and likely “lead to substantial reductions in smoking related mortality.”