Legislation was recently heard at the Rhode Island State House that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to kids under the age of 18. The bill would also require e-cigarette vendors to be licensed by the state and subject them to strong enforcement measures, including routine compliance checks and requirements for proof of age at point of purchase and delivery for online retailers.
The tobacco industry and e-cigarette vendors are working hard to water down this bill and make it unenforceable. Just like last year, they want to exempt e-cigarettes from the strict laws that apply to regular cigarettes and other tobacco products – laws that we fought for! We need your help to STOP them in their tracks.
Tell the House Judiciary Committee to pass a strong bill that will truly protect Rhode Island's kids from e-cigarettes. Click the following link to take action today: http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=34583
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new data last year showing that the use of electronic cigarettes among middle school and high school students more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. The evidence is increasingly clear that e-cigarettes are particularly appealing to children and youth, likely because they, unlike conventional cigarettes, are available in a wide variety of appealing flavors, including fruit, chocolate and candy.