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Electronic Cigarette Sales to Minors via the Internet.

Thursday, March 12, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Rebecca S. Williams, MHS, PhD; Jason Derrick, MSW; Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD
Electronic Cigarette Sales to Minors via the Internet.
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(3):e1563. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.63.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) entered the US market in 2007 and, with little regulatory oversight, grew into a $2-billion-a-year industry by 2013. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a trend of increasing e-cigarette use among teens, with use rates doubling from 2011 to 2012. While several studies have documented that teens can and do buy cigarettes online, to our knowledge, no studies have yet examined age verification among Internet tobacco vendors selling e-cigarettes.

Minors are easily able to purchase e-cigarettes from the Internet because of an absence of age-verification measures used by Internet e-cigarette vendors. Federal law should require and enforce rigorous age verification for all e-cigarette sales as with the federal PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act’s requirements for age verification in Internet cigarette sales.

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