Youth Access to E-Cigs
Regulation and Youth Access
Electronic cigarettes are not currently regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, meaning there is no way to know what chemicals they contain and in what amounts. These products are currently exempt from marketing and flavoring restrictions, often glamorizing the product. Non-regulation also means that electronic cigarettes are exempt from laws applied to tobacco products including the purchase of, sale to, and possession by minors under age 18.
The 2013 North Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey, released by the North Dakota Department of Health, reveals that electronic cigarette use among youth has almost tripled from 2011 to 2013. High school students in grades 9-12 who have reported ever trying an e-cigarette increased from 4.5% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2013. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting this alarming trend on a national level as well.
At least 8 communities in North Dakota have passed or a currently discussing ordinances that regulate sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. Minnesota has had this legislation since 2010.
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