Last Updated: Mar 13, 2019
A Pennsylvania bill addressing e-cigarette use by minors was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on March 12, 2019. House Bill (HB) 97, introduced by Rep. Kathy Rapp, seeks to restrict those under the age of 18 from purchasing e-cigarettes or other nicotine products. It now moves to the full House for possible consideration.
On March 11, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee members, expressing our support for HB 97.
In 2018, e-cigarette use increased from 11.7 percent to 20.8 percent among high school students, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. And, the CDC says that any tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, among youth is unsafe and could harm adolescent brain development.
“We applaud Representative Rapp for her commitment to protect our youth from using devices that they believe are safe alternatives to conventional cigarettes,” the letter said.
PAMED supports electronic cigarette legislation equivalent to Pennsylvania tobacco cigarette laws, including its taxation and sales to minors. We also support tobacco education in Pennsylvania schools, including the potential dangers of electronic cigarettes. This policy was created and approved by physician delegates at PAMED’s 2013 House of Delegates.