On July 1, the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (S.1253) was passed by the U.S. Senate with unanimous votes. This bill aims to end online e-cigarette sales to minors, and it is the same measures to regulate the online sale of traditional cigarettes, which has a related bill passed by the House last year.
According to news released on the NACS website, the bill (S.1253) is strongly supported by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), said:
” It ensures responsible retailing of e-cigarettes and age verification across all channels. The legislation would require online sellers of e-cigarettes to ensure the delivery carrier verifies the age of the recipient upon delivery. It would also require online sellers to collect and remit the appropriate state and local taxes.”
After the vote last Wednesday, the bill (S.1253) is only one step closer to be written into the law.
Since the Congress approved and applied the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act in 2010, the online sale of traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products are well regulated. However, there still a lack of legal policy for vapor products.
Stated Senator John Cornyn pointed out his opinion about the sale of vaping products during his speech on the Senate floor:
“It’s been long in coming, but finally the Senate has now passed legislation that requires the same proof of age requirement that is needed for tobacco products for e-cigarettes and vaping products, particularly those that are sold over the internet.”
Besides, the House passed the bill (H.R. 3942) last October, but it is now on suspension. According to NACS, because the version of the Senate bill is slightly different than the House version. Hence, the House will need to pass the Senate’s version before it finally becomes law.
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