ACS CAN Praises Governor for Signing Tobacco 21 and Online Sale Bills
MONTPELIER, VT – Governor Scott has signed two bills into law that will protect health and save lives. One of the new laws raises the sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21. That law takes effect on September 1. The other prohibits the online sale of e-cigarettes to Vermont consumers. That will take effect July 1.
American Cancer Society Cancer Acton Network (ACS CAN) Vermont Government Relations Director Jennifer Costa released the following statement:
“ACS CAN applauds Governor Scott and the state legislature for acting to protect the lives and the health of our residents by passing and enacting these measures. This year alone 4,000 Vermonters will be diagnosed with cancer and 1,500 will lose their lives to cancer. These new laws will help address the boom in youth e-cigarette use and save lives.
“E-cigarette use among young people in Vermont has nearly doubled. A 2016 U.S. Surgeon General’s report concluded ‘e-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, particularly combustible tobacco products.’ ACS CAN is concerned that e-cigarette use is creating a new generation of Vermonters who will suffer from a deadly, lifelong addiction to nicotine and tobacco products.
“On behalf of all Vermonters, I thank Governor Scott for enacting these life-saving laws.”
About ACS CAN
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.