Will Banning Online Sales of E-Cigarettes Cut Back on Underage Use?
Will Banning Online Sales of E-Cigarettes Cut Back on Underage Use?

After declaring the teen vaping crisis an epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was considering banning online sales of e-cigarettes. In a panel hosted by Axios, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the ban was a possible option for curbing teen e-cigarette use.

While the FDA still views e-cigarettes as less harmful options for adult smokers, the agency says their popularity among teens is a problem. Among the issues surrounding teen vaping is ease of access to e-cigarettes, and online sales significantly contribute to the problem.

Is it Easy for Teens to Buy E-Cigarettes Online?

A 2015 study examined how easy it is for minors to purchase e-cigarettes online. Dr. Rebecca S. Williams led a study with local law enforcement to test whether minors could easily purchase e-cigarettes online. The study had 11 minors and their parents place 98 illegal orders of e-cigarette products. Of the orders placed, 75 were successful. Of the 23 orders that failed, age verification only stopped five of them.

“With the drastic increase in teen vaping, it is crucial that e-cigarette companies and federal agencies work together to restrict teen access to these products,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

About Walker Clark Legal Group

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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