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Vaping-Related Bill Passes Without Tougher Age Restrictions in Kentucky
Kentucky lawmakers missed the chance last week to combat chronic health risks by failing to consider raising the age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes, public health advocates said.
The proposals had been floated as amendments to a bill that would set up a way for students to anonymously report concerns about vaping at public schools. The amendments would have increased the state's smoking age to 21 and banned people under 21 from purchasing e-cigarettes and other vapor products.
The amendments were withdrawn at the start of the Kentucky Senate's debate on the measure, which later passed without the tougher age restrictions on a 33-3 vote. The bill now goes to the House.
One public health advocacy group, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, said the Senate's failure to take up the amendments was a "tragic loss of opportunity to protect Kentucky's adolescents and teens from the growing epidemic of vaping."
A Senate committee recently voted down a bill that would ban all tobacco products for anyone under 21.
Vol. 38, Issue 25, Page 4Published in Print: March 13, 2019, as Vaping-Related Bill Passes Without Tougher Age Restrictions in Kentucky