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

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

Apparently — maybe amusingly — the tobacco and vapor industries have prompted outcry and opposition from the founders of the Tobacco 21 motion — by supporting it themselves. Tobacco 21 activists have complained that the assist 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 perhaps perceived to point out that Tobacco 21 is just the inch its founders are asking for so as to take a mile later.

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

“We commend Senator McConnell for asserting this laws as we strongly assist elevating the buying age for all tobacco merchandise, together with vapor merchandise, to 21. Tobacco 21 legal guidelines struggle one of many largest contributors to this downside — sharing by legal-age friends — they usually 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 will probably be watching and reporting to you.

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