Trump Suggests Increasing Minimum Age for E-Cigarettes, Vape Product to 21

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President Donald Trump has suggested that his administration might push to increase the minimum age to purchase vaping products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.

His remarks were made in his traditional question and answer session outside the White House, though they come shortly before the Trump Administration is expected to introduce plans for new regulations regarding e-cigarettes and vaping products. That announcement, originally thought to come this week, is now planned for next week.

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Trump—who does not consume alcohol or tobacco products—did not say whether the new rules would affect traditional combustible tobacco products like cigarettes or cigars.

Earlier this year, a number of bills were introduced in Congress that seek to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products, though little action has been taken on any of them since their introductions.

  • H.R. 2084 — Introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt, R.-Ala.
  • H.R. 2339 — Introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., and Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla.
  • H.R. 2411/S. 1258 — Introduced by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah;  Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.
  • Tobacco-Free Youth Act — Introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.
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Charlie Minato
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