The minimum age in Vermont to buy, sell and possess cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco products will be raised from 18 to 21. Preliminary approval was given by the Vermont House on the bill on July 2nd, 2019. The bill will come into effect on September 1st, 2019.
A slight delay in the implementation of the bill is due to the difference in the dates on the original legislation and the implementation bill. An agreement over the date will have to be reached between the Senate and the House before it can be sent to the Governor as the Senate version of the bill has an implementation date of July 1st, 2019 while the House version has an implementation date of September 1st, 2019.
A failure to comply with the legislation will cost a civil fine of $25 and the abandoning of tobacco product.
Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson stated that increasing the legal age is more of an economic and public health issue. He added that kids are at stake due to this tobacco and nicotine surge and the only effective way to keep youngsters away from this is to restrict the availability of these vaping products. Apart from this bill, the Vermont House has already passed two more bills on the same line. One imposes an increased tax, a whopping 92%, on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes while the other has restricted the sale of tobacco, nicotine and substitute products through unlicensed wholesalers and internet. Both these bills are still in the Senate awaiting approval.