On Friday, June seventh, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott made Texas the 15th state within the union to undertake Tobacco 21 coverage as state legislation.

Texas joins Arkansas, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington in adopting the coverage. On the similar time, Federal legislators, mainly Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and co-sponsor Tim Kaine (D-VA) are pushing exhausting to make legislation of Tobacco 21 nationwide.

“We’re in the course of a nationwide well being epidemic. Youth vaping is a public well being disaster.”

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Curiously — maybe amusingly — the tobacco and vapor industries have induced outcry and opposition from the founders of the Tobacco 21 motion — by supporting it themselves. Tobacco 21 activists have complained that the help of the tobacco and vapor industries softens or, in response to some, co-opts the motion. Such opposition has uncovered extra draconian ulterior motives which is likely to be perceived to indicate that Tobacco 21 is barely the inch its founders are asking for with a purpose to take a mile later.

CEO of JUUL Kevin Burns expressed his firm’s help of nationwide Tobacco 21, telling the New York Instances:

“We commend Senator McConnell for saying this laws as we strongly help elevating the buying age for all tobacco merchandise, together with vapor merchandise, to 21. Tobacco 21 legal guidelines combat one of many largest contributors to this drawback — sharing by legal-age friends — and so they have been proven to dramatically cut back youth utilization charges.”

Whether or not that may show to be the case in Texas or not is one thing VAPE Information can be watching and reporting to you.

John Fort is a contributing author and information contributor for VAPE Information Journal. Contact him at [email protected].