Oregon Legislature Passes Online Vape Prevention To Protect Young People | Local News
SALEM – The Oregon Senate today approved House Bill 2261, a bill that will prevent Oregon youth from accessing nicotine products by closing loopholes that have allowed minors to l Oregon to purchase inhalant delivery systems or vaping products, also known as electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, or vapes.
“The use of vaping products by our young people is shocking,” said Sen / Kathleen Taylor (D-Portland) who has worked to protect young Oregonians from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine since she began her career. service to the Legislative Assembly. “No matter how diligent our retailers are, there is still significant access to these products online.”
In 2015, Senator Taylor championed House Bill 2464 to bring certain laws on access and use of inhalant delivery systems into line with those of other tobacco products. The bill added age restrictions for purchase and defined where the use of vape products is permitted.
“Vaping is harmful to our young people. Not only is this habit forming, but the nicotine in these products can have lasting effects on the still developing brain of children, ”Taylor said. “The use of these products continues to increase and they contain products and chemicals that are highly addictive. Oregon Authorized Retailers have agreed to do the right thing, protect our children and only sell to those who are of legal age. By ensuring that an in-person exchange is required to purchase these products, we are removing a loophole that could be used and that can lead to lifelong addiction and health issues. “
Oregon banned the online sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products online in 2017. Oregon is aligning sales of inhalant dispensing systems with this policy.
Bill 2261 passed the Oregon House on April 10, 2021 and today in the Senate with bipartisan support. He now goes to the governor for his signature.