The “Black Jack” Age for Vaping Might Go Statewide

Apr. 2, 2015
by Matt Wallace

Vaping Age

The American Lung Association reported that about 90% of smokers pickup their smoking pattern by the time they’re age 18. In an attempt to decrease the number of pubescent smokers, there are two main states which are at the present time working to elevate the legal smoking age to 21.

California Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson both presented proposals to their specific state houses in late January. Attorney General Ferguson’s legislation—Senate Bill 5494 and House Bill 1458—are sponsored by Senator Mark Miloscia and Representative Tina Orwall.

Ferguson has said that he expects raising the legal age for smoking will be a push-back vs. Big Tobacco, who’ve also been identified as targeting the 18-21 year old crowd. Increasing the legal smoking age might also hit the desired goal of being able to stop younger teens from having an 18 year old spend money on cigarettes for them.

There are four states: New Jersey, Alabama, Utah, and Alaska who currently have a legal smoking age of 19.

California’s bill to raise the legal smoking age is in synchronicity with the American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society. These three organizations are working to force a $2-per-pack uptick in cigarette taxes so they can renew their anti-smoking campaigns.

Endeavors to increase the legal smoking age haven’t been successful in the past. New Jersey, Utah, Colorado and Maryland all had alike proposals that were unsuccessful in passing. One thing that might give these bills some backing are in areas where marijuana’s being legalized (whether for medicinal or recreational use). The legal age of consumption is 21 years old.

Washington and California lawmakers have begun focusing on electronic cigarettes as well. There’s presented legislation on the books to keep the vapers when they’re at dining establishments, in hospitals, and other businesses from using any types of vaping devices while on or inside their establishments.

Despite the fact that electronic cigarettes don’t permit any smoke like traditional cigarettes do, many people still lump them together. This association often leads e-cigarettes to be part of legislation targeted at traditional tobacco-filled cigarettes.

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