Senate Passes Bill to Bar Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors


The U.S. Senate passed the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act by unanimous consent to bar online sales of e-cigarettes to minors by applying the same protections in place for regular cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

The measure, S. 1253, would require e-cigarette retailers to verify the age of customers for all purchases; require an adult with ID to be present for delivery; label shipping packages to show they contain tobacco products; and that they comply with state and local tobacco tax requirements. 

Ensuring that the age of the purchaser is verified at time of delivery is currently required for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products purchased online. S. 1253 was introduced in April 2019 by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in response to the growing number of minors using e-cigarette products. 

H.R. 1253 is similar but not identical to a H.R. 3942 passed by the House in November. The bills now will have to be reconciled.

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