Sep. 16, 2019

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) to raise the age for the purchase of all tobacco, e-cigarette and like products, to age 21, with consideration for members of our armed services, has formally been introduced as House Bill 1823.

While cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among our school-aged children has been on the decline, there has been a sharp increase in the use of e-cigarette products among school-aged children. Last September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took historic enforcement actions to address what they have deemed to be an epidemic.

Rothman believes that while the steps that were taken at the federal level are helpful, Pennsylvania can do more to remove new and dangerous tobacco products from our schools.

“It is concerning that nearly half of graduating seniors in high school can legally purchase these potentially life-threatening products and share them with younger peers,” said Rothman. “This ‘social sourcing’ is a concern among parents and educators in my district and across the Commonwealth. We should be doing all we can to protect the health of our children during their developmental years.”

Representative Greg Rothman
87th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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