California, the vape capital of the United States just changed the legal smoking age last Thursday, June 9. If you want to purchase e-cigarettes, vapes, e-liquid or anything to the left and right, you must now be 21 years of age. Where one once just needed to be 18 to get your goods is no longer the case.
To explain the reason for the new age limit, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that about 34,000 people die annually of illnesses resulting from tobacco consumption, an addiction that also has direct and indirect health-care costs. The CDPH also states that research shows that teens are three times as likely to switch to actual cigarettes from using vapes. That “research” is most likely bogus but what’s done is done.
Vaping is also now prohibited in restaurants, on school grounds, public transit and on worksites in California. Shops are no longer allowed to have self-service e-cig displays.
Since California is the hub of the vape community, there are talks that other states may follow suit.