Many consider vaping or smoking an e-cigarette as a “safer” alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. Now I won’t get into the debate of whether or not that’s true because there are a lot of opinions on this, but it does merit pointing out here that minors in the United States will no longer be able to buy e-cigarettes. After a ruling was passed earlier this year in May, the FDA has now started regulating the sale of these products and has banned them for anyone under the age of 18. If you look younger than you actually are you might get carded when trying to buy a vape pen.

The FDA new views e-cigarettes, vape pens, and other similar devices as “tobacco products,” which means that from now on the sale of these products to anyone under the age of 18 is strictly banned.

Retailers now have to treat sales of these products similarly to how they treat sales of real cigarettes. They have to verify the customer’s age against a valid photo ID if they are in doubt.

Most manufacturers of these products will also need to verity with the FDA that their products don’t pose any additional health risks. They will need to follow the regulations as outlined in the Tobacco Control Act of 2009.

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