With the popularity of vaping products flooding everyday life, it is quite common that you gain interest, especially if you are a current smoker. It’s hard to ignore it since you see people using vaping devices in public, whether it be outside of a shopping center, while driving, or at a local bar or restaurant. Juul, vape pods, and vape mods are everywhere, and that causes attention. While this is perfectly fine for adults, it isn’t for our youth.
Much like adults, our youth is quite interested in vaping products as well, as they see fancy devices and dense clouds being exhaled. It’s totally natural for kids to want to use something or take part in something in which they aren’t allowed. We witnessed this with tobacco cigarettes as well, and though age restrictions were in place, it didn’t stop us or them. What we must do, as both adults and parents, is to continue restricting youth access to adult products, along with talking to our youth to better inform them as to why these products are for adults only.
All vapor products are considered tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA’s definition of tobacco products includes any part or component used with vaping products, such as e-cigarettes, vape pods, disposable vape bars, vape mods, vape juice, and accessories like coils, atomizers, cartridges, pods, vape batteries, and chargers. The FDA’s definition obviously includes a wide range of vapor products. If an item is at all associated with vaping, according to the FDA, it is considered a tobacco product and therefore is subject to the same laws as tobacco products are. In order to buy vape juice, vaping products, or tobacco products, you must be 21 years old. No matter if you are buying from your local convenience store or buying vapor products online, you must meet the age requirements as required by the Food and Drug Administration.
Since all vapor products are subject to tobacco laws, there is no change in age-restrictions. Whether the vape juice is non-nicotine or not, you must be 21 years old to purchase the product. If you do not meet the age requirement, you cannot buy vape juice or any associated vaping product.
Vapor products are considered tobacco products by the FDA because they contain nicotine that is derived from tobacco. As a result of the 2016 established rule for e-cigarettes and the liquid solutions (vape juice) that are used with them, these products are subject to government regulation and fall under the same laws as tobacco.
It is our job as adults, mentors, and parents to prevent kids from accessing adult vapor products. Vapor products are created for adults, and therefore, kids should not be using them or have access to them. To prevent kids from having access to these products, convenience stores, retail stores, and all establishments should check for identification of customers purchasing tobacco or vaping products. Parents and mentors should continue talking to our youth to further explain why kids do not have access to these products and to clarify that you must be 21 years old to purchase them or use them. By everyone working together, we can prevent kids from using these products while ensuring that adults continue to have access to them.
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