“This is a health problem that requires a solution developed by the health community, not one developed by Big Tobacco – the industry that created this problem in the first place.”
Sponsoring Health Organizations
E-cigarette use among youth in the United States is growing at unprecedented rates. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Surgeon General have all identified this issue as an epidemic. Recent and alarming statistics conclude that an estimated 28% of high schoolers and 11% of middle schoolers have vaped in the past month. Also concerning is the fact these products are largely unregulated and, as a result, we do not truly know the contents of e-liquids that are sold today and consumed by our youth. Testing conducted by the CDC has found that over 99% contain nicotine, one of the most addictive substances that, when consumed by youth, harms developing brains and impacts learning, memory and attention, as well as changes the pleasure pathways.
It is for these reasons that we will continue our legislative efforts to protect Arizona’s youth from these dangerous and addictive products. This is a health problem that requires a solution developed by the health community, not one developed by Big Tobacco – the industry that created this problem in the first place.
Big Tobacco Legislation
Introduced by: Senator Leach, Represeantives Allen, Barto, and Shope
- No comprehensive definition of tobacco products
- No mandated compliance checks on the licensee
- Places penalty on underage individuals for purchase, use, and possession and not on retailer
- I.D. verification requirements fall below federal law standards of appearance age of 30 and has contradicting appearance age requirements of over 21
- Preemption language that takes broad local authority away
- Requires “law enforcement” to conduct underage decoy checks
- Requires underage decoy to testify at trial
Read the full bill at https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/54leg/2r/bills/sb1527p.htm