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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 20, 2018 04:17 PM
From: Representative Kathy L. Rapp
To: All House members
Subject: Sale of "Vaping" Products to Minors - (Prior House Bill 2226)
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation to protect minors from the harmful effects of vaping products, and I urge you to join me as a cosponsor.

The bill will amend the Crimes Code by adding “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the sections that currently make it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to use tobacco products on school grounds. The penalties will be the same as the penalties that apply to the sale and use of tobacco products under current law.

Electronic nicotine delivery systems (including but not limited to e-cigarettes, juules and vape pens) introduce nicotine and other substances into the body in the form of a vapor. The products come in a variety of flavors, which appears to increase their appeal to minors. Touted as harmless by enthusiasts, medical experts have warned that the high doses of nicotine available in many products negatively affect the developing adolescent brain, and the long-term effects of inhaling vaporized chemicals is unknown.

Please note that this legislation, which passed the House unanimously last session, has been updated to reflect the terminology used in federal regulations.

Introduced as HB97