Solobay: Report Shows Need for Action on E-Cigarette Bill

State Sen. Tim Solobay said  cited a report from the Centers for Disease Control as a call for quick legislative action on his bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

“There is still a lot we don’t know about the long-term use of electronic cigarettes,” Solobay said. “Growing use by minors is an alarming trend that must be stopped.”

The CDC announced today that use of e-cigarettes, battery powered devices that deliver a smoke-like vapor containing nicotine and other chemicals, has doubled in one year among students in grades six to 12.  The report said 160,000 teens who never smoked cigarettes used electronic cigarettes in 2012.

“It’s important that we move quickly to adapt our laws to address new  trends in the consumer marketplace,” Solobay said. “Electronic cigarettes could help many adults quit using more harmful tobacco products, but they could also start teens down the road of smoking prior to becoming adults.”

Solobay said he introduced Senate Bill 1055 earlier this year when he realized that electronic cigarettes are not covered under Pennsylvania’s law that bans the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors.

The CDC said growing use of nicotine delivery systems among teens is troubling.

To read the CDC report, click here.

“Minors should not be able to get their hands on this product. It is important that we work to stop this trend immediately. My legislation intends to do just that.

Solobay’s bill is awaiting action in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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  1. Jeff Hundley says:

    E-cigarettes have saved my life. I smoked at least two packs of non filter cigarettes everyday for 36 years, from the age of 16 to the age of 52. I tried to quit using various methods including cold turkey, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine inhalers and even hypnotism. Nothing worked until I tried e-cigarettes last October. I have stayed away from regular cigarettes for almost a year now, with no withdrawal symptoms. I no longer have the phlegm and lung congestion that had developed over the years. My smokers cough is gone completely. I can run and exercise without getting out of breath. I can smell a smoker from twenty feet away now, and it stinks. I’m ashamed to have subjected family, friends and strangers to that smell for so many years. I have gone from the highest nicotine level that is available from e-cig manufacturers, to the lowest. My next step is the 0 nicotine content vapor, and then to quit completely. This is my real life study of the health effects of E Cigarettes, and the only one that counts for me.

    I personally think that they should not be advertised on TV or print ads at all. I think when other smokers see the success of their vaping friends then the product speaks for itself. I think that official age restrictions are a good idea too, but all of the retailers that I know of already have voluntarily put these in place anyway.

    Make laws prohibiting use of by minors, and sale to minors, and make examples out of those who break those laws, but don’t take it away from adults. Minors apparently need a full time nanny, but adults do not.

  2. It is the nicotine, folks, not the smoke.
    Nicotine is, perhaps, the most addictive drug known to man.
    It is, certainly, the most addictive licit drug.
    The latest study out of Virginia Tech shows that nicotine, itself, is equally as dangerous as the tar and other poisons in tobacco smoke.

    E-Cigarettes are just another way to make money off of nicotine junkies. Do not be deceived by the “safety” hype.

    If you want to kick the nicotine monkey off your back, get “Stop Smoking and Lose Weight: A Buddhadharmically Enhanced Alchemical Transmutation Process,” by Tharpa Lodro

    And just do it.

  3. Number of electronic cigarettes are purchased by the public will continue to increase over time. All smokers are getting information from other smokers that these products are not harmful.


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