Banning the Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors
Currently, there are some States that have laws banning the sale of บุหรี่ไฟฟ้าขนาดเล็ก to minors. This is a very good initiative that is aimed at helping to keep children from being exposed to the harmful effects of smoking. The laws that were passed in these States have been effective, and the numbers have shown that there has been a reduction in the number of young people smoking.
Juul vs. other e-cigarettes
Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or just someone who enjoys checking out the latest health news online, you’ve probably heard about Juul and other e-cigarettes for minors. It’s a popular device that delivers nicotine through a liquid that can be found in a variety of flavors.
The device looks like a typical flash drive, but it’s actually a battery-powered vape pen. It’s available in a variety of flavors, including mango, mint, and creme brulee. Juul claims that one of its cartridges equals roughly 20 cigarettes of nicotine.
The device is also appealing to adults looking to switch to a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. It’s easy to use, especially for younger children, and the nicotine is delivered in a satisfying way.
Taxing e-cigarettes at a level equivalent to that imposed on cigarettes
Increasing the tax on e-cigarettes to the level that is imposed on cigarettes would reduce youth smoking. However, the revenue raised by this new tax is extremely uncertain. The Legislature may want to consider other funding sources for the new tax. Alternatively, the Legislature could deposit the new tax revenues into a special fund for tobacco youth prevention programs.
The tax rate on e-cigarettes would depend on the ratio of the state’s cigarette tax rate to the average wholesale price of cigarettes. As the price of cigarettes tends to increase over time, the tax rate on e-cigarettes would also tend to increase.
The amount of nicotine in e-cigarette liquid can vary greatly for a given volume of liquid. As a result, the cost of nicotine would be raised more directly with an e-cigarette tax than with an alternative tax.
Another advantage to an e-cigarette tax is that it would allow the state to deter businesses from stockpiling untaxed products. If a business had a large stock of traditional cigarettes, it would need to purchase tax stamps from a vendor that was state-approved.
State laws prohibiting ENDS sales to minors
Despite the recent success of state smoke-free laws, some states have not enacted statewide laws prohibiting ENDS sales to minors. This may be because of the complicated nature of modifying existing state smoke-free laws.
In addition to ENDS sales to minors, state governments can also regulate the use of ENDS in indoor areas. Some states, such as Nevada, prohibit ENDS use in private places, while other states, such as Utah, have no such laws. In any case, the public health benefits associated with ENDS could only come about if the availability of combustible tobacco products is rapidly reduced.
The FDA recently issued a proposal to regulate additional tobacco products, but the rule does not include any key policy interventions related to ENDS. As a result, it is likely that the public health benefits associated with ENDS will only come about if combustible tobacco products are rapidly reduced in number and/or price.