California Governor Urged To Stop Vaping Age Rise
American vapers and businesses owners flocked to state Capitol urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto controversial bills which could raise the vaping age from 18 to 21. Just weeks after California raised the smoking age to 21, it appears the state's quest to stop young smokers and vapers isn't over yet. The bill's purpose is to place e-cigarettes in the same category as tobacco, which will raise the vaping age. Members of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, vapers and retailers joined health experts in slamming moves to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes as it could harm public health. If Brown does sign the bills and places e-cigarettes in the same category as traditional tobacco, vaping products will be susceptible to the heavy tax levy normal cigarettes are. E-cigarettes are widely considered healthier than normal tobacco but opinions are largely mixed across the US. A recent survey found that Americans want e-cigarette regulation, but Utah and Connecticut scrapped plans to ban vaping from further public places. It was recently revealed that raising the vaping age to 21 backfired in the US, with a reported 11.7% rise in youngers between 12-17 smoking regular cigarettes.