In recent years, the tobacco landscape has changed immensely. The use of alternative nicotine products is steadily on the rise. As a result, underage vaping has become a public health epidemic. The easy access and sleek design of e-cigarettes lure children into using dangerous and addictive vaping products.

 

District Attorney Ashley Rich has been steadfast in her staunch opposition to vaping, especially the use of these products by minors. Various anti-vaping campaigns have been spearheaded by the District Attorney’s Office. One of which included anti-vaping awareness posters and presentations given at Mobile County schools.

 

 

In 2018, District Attorney Rich met with the Drug Education Council to discuss the health risks associated with vaping. The Drug Education Council and other public officials decided to join together and push for the regulation and control of vaping products. From this joint effort, the Stringer-Drummond Vaping Act was created. This bill will safeguard the health of Alabama children and require all establishments to adhere to strict guidelines when selling vaping devices.

 

The Stringer-Drummond Vaping Act was approved unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee on April 4, 2019, after being introduced by State Representatives Shane Stringer and Barbara Drummond in March. On May 15, 2019, the Stinger-Drummond Vaping Act was passed by the Senate and was eventually signed by Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey. The new law went into effect on August 1, 2019. Now the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will be required to regulate “retail sales of alternative nicotine devices like the sales of tobacco products, and to prohibit the sale or transfer of alternative nicotine products to minors”.

New Alabama laws include ban on vaping sales to minors

Today, Drummond was at the Capitol where Gov. Kay Ivey held a ceremonial signing for eight bills, including legislation to regulate the sales of vaping products and prohibit sales to anyone under 19. The eight bills are among dozens that have become law in Alabama this year. (A partial list and link to a full…

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Concerns over increased vaping in schoolchildren

E-cigarette use among schoolchildren in the USA is increasing rapidly, with unprecedented rises in the 12 months up to January, 2019. This sharp increase has not gone unnoticed by US health officials—on Dec 18, 2018, Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a call to action highlighting the importance of “protecting children from a lifetime of nicotine…

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Why vaping is so dangerous for teens

Most of what we know about nicotine addiction in teens, we know from cigarettes. But experts say the technology and chemistry of vaping might pose an entirely different threat. “It turns out that e-cigarette use by kids doesn’t look the same at all,” said Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction…

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