US President Donald Trump said he wanted to raise the minimum age for purchase of vaping products from 18 to 21 as part of a plan to minimize youth vaping.
The president also ponders about the over-regulation on business, a sign of slowing down from the previously announced complete ban on flavored e-juices that is popular to adolescents.
The federal law states that the minimum age to purchase tobacco products is 18, apart from the District of Columbia and 18 others states that raised the age to 21.
For this to transpire, the Congress needs to support a proposed bill co-sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“We’re going to be coming out with a very important position on vaping,” Trump told reporters. “We have to take care of our kids most importantly, so we’re going to have an age limit of 21 or so.”
He also said that a policy paper would be issued next week.
“We have a lot of people to look at, including jobs frankly,” said Trump. “It has become a big industry. We’re going take care of it.”
The administration was looking to ban flavored products on September, but it appeared that the efforts made by the vaping industry changed that position.