As an increase in smoking has taken place, more laws are coming into play and smokers are not happy about it. Since 2017-2018 the use of electronic cigarettes and marijuana have gone up dramatically among young adults and currently continues to grow.
According to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, “The study, which highlights smoking trends among 18- to 25-year-olds, shows that e-cigarette vaping surged by 48% over that period, while marijuana use increased by 19%.”
Flavors are becoming more popular among young adults while four of five users are smoking flavored e-cigarettes and two of five users are smoking menthol-flavored cigarettes. Special flavored e-liquid is what hooks users to nicotine making it harder for them to stop. Once they experience what the poison can do to their body, it makes them feel as if they consistently need it throughout their day.
As this is becoming a bigger issue in today's world, the government is stepping up and taking action to ban tobacco products. Currently, as of February 6, 2020, a nationwide ban was made in the U.S. to demolish any flavored e-cigarette, but teens and young adults will still have access to nicotine vapes.
According to NBC News, “The ban covers a number of kid-friendly flavorings, such as mint and fruit, though menthol and tobacco flavorings will remain legal. However, the ban only applies to specific types of devices: cartridge or pre-filled pod devices, like the ones made popular by Juul. All other devices will be left on the market.”
With COVID-19 taking over, government officials are making it a priority to ban these products for public safety and to stop the access of the youth all over the world. In Australia, starting January 1, 2021, users will no longer be allowed to use nicotine-containing fluids for e-cigarettes, even if they have a prescription.
However, if the medical need is urgent you will need to find a doctor willing to import those products as well as have an updated medical prescription.
Starting Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Boulder, CO, will increase a 40% tax on tobacco products. In 2018, Colorado had the highest rate of teen vaping with 27% of high schoolers found using vape products.
Currently, in the Georgia House, a new tax will go underplay Thursday, July 2, 2020 stating “Georgia House lawmakers revived a proposal Wednesday to slap an excise tax on vaping in Georgia and raise the minimum age for who can purchase tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.”
As there are a lot of issues with tobacco and vaping use, the main reason for this high taxed target ban is to keep minors away from toxic poisons and to keep the public safe. The ban and tax rise is a big problem for consistent vape users as they will soon have to find a loophole around the system to purchase their supplements.
Recently, the most popular vapes have been the disposable pre-filled cartridges that come in all fruit flavors, dessert flavors, menthol, and tobacco. They are considered to be most favorable in the vaping community as teens and young adults consistently purchase them.
According to the FDA, “The ban does not apply to menthol or tobacco flavors. It also excludes so-called open systems, sometimes known as vape pens, which require a user to manually fill the e-cigarette with liquid. Instead, the new rules focus on vaping products with pre-filled cartridges, which FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn described in a statement announcing the ban as "both easy to use and easily concealable."
President Trump's September ban has been taking place recently, and it continues to spread worldwide as other leaders take a stand to ban vape products. Trump's plan is to eventually ban all vaping products to prevent a rash of deaths, lung disease, and the spread of COVID-19. Although Trump's initial plan was to ban all vape items, “vaping proponents and lobbyists pushed back and White House advisers told the president that an all-out flavor vape ban could cost him votes.”
President Trump and his team are doing everything in their power to make sure these released products are actually a safer alternative and prevent the youth from gaining access. The ban is mainly for vape items that contain pre-filled cartridges sold at your local gas station or convenience store.
Juul is the biggest felon at this time, but they have already discontinued selling their fruit and dessert flavors, and currently only sell menthol flavor and tobacco after coming under intense political scrutiny back in November.
Next on the market to target is the leading disposable brand Puff Bar. This brand took over like a storm with their addictive fruity flavors containing five percent nicotine salt. Teens and young adults are consistently after this brand, but in the upcoming months, Trump plans to ban ALL disposable pre-filled cartridges.
It is a crazy world we live in and it is only getting crazier. Taking a stand to ban flavored electronic cigarettes have affected people all over the world. Australia and Jordan are two countries that now have a smoking ban, and America is following their footsteps. Current U.S. states have mentioned their tax rise and flavor ban as it all goes into effect within the next couple of months. Be sure to stay updated with the latest news as this world is constantly changing trying to make it a better place for everyone.
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