This spring, the FDA proposed effectively banning c-stores from selling e-cigarettes in their effort to crack down on youth access. However, the data is clear that convenience stores aren’t the problem. The most common retail source of e-cigarettes to minors is the Internet.
Yesterday, the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act was introduced in the House of Representatives to close the loophole of minors being able to purchase e-cigarettes on the Internet.
NACS strongly supports the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act because we believe an in-person ID check should occur before an age-restricted product is given to the customer in a store or at their doorstep.
The legislation would do two main things to curb youth access – it would require online sellers of e-cigarettes to ensure that the delivery carrier checks the ID of an adult upon delivery (the current requirement for cigarettes sold online), and it would ensure the online sellers collect and remit the appropriate taxes.
One major step Congress can take to curb youth usage is to pass this commonsense legislation. The House version of the bill was introduced yesterday by Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Kelly Armstrong (ND-At Large) and the Senate version was introduced this spring by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
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