Smoking should become less attractive for young people. The American Senate has now decided to significantly increase the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
The USA is raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 years. The Senate passed a first package of legislation on next year’s budget, to which several other bills were attached – such as the amendment concerning tobacco and e-cigarettes.
The death of dozens of people after using e-cigarettes has caused great concern in the USA. According to the CDC, more than 50 people have already died, with more than 2 400 cases. No similar increase in lung damage has been reported in Germany or Europe. According to the CDC, 480,000 people die every year in the USA from the effects of normal tobacco smoke.
Trump expresses concern about the use of e-cigarettes
Complaints regarding the use of e-cigarettes appear to remain limited to users in North America. In Germany, the composition of the active ingredients of e-cigarettes is more strictly regulated than in the USA.
US President Donald Trump had expressed concern about the use of e-cigarettes on several occasions in recent months, especially among young people. Already at the beginning of November, he had promised to raise the minimum age for e-cigarettes.
In the meantime, Trump has, according to his own statements, also considered banning unusual flavours of e-cigarettes, which experts say encourage young people in particular to smoke. In the end, however, Trump did not announce any more of these plans.