Trump to pursue higher sales age for e-cigarettes

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Trump said Friday his administration will release its final plans for restricting e-cigarettes next week but provided few other details

FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Eric Scheman holds an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago._124712

FILE – In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Eric Scheman holds an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago. Some schools are taking stricter measures to keep e-cigarettes out of students’ hands, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes, because the devices, sometimes also known as vaporizers, can also be used […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says his administration will support raising the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 in its upcoming plans to combat youth vaping.

Trump said Friday his administration will release its final plans for restricting e-cigarettes next week but provided few other details.

Currently the minimum age to purchase any tobacco or vaping product under federal law is 18. But more than a third of U.S. states have already raised their sales age to 21.

Administration officials were widely expected to release a plan this week for removing most flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Those products are blamed for soaring rates of underage use by U.S. teenagers.

But details on the proposed flavor ban have yet to appear.

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