Senate Bill 410 was proposed by Maryland State Sens. Benjamin Kramer, James Rosapepe and Christopher West. In addition earlier this month, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot banned the sale of disposable e-cigs, closing a loophole left by the nationwide ban which exempted disposable products.
Senator Kramer pointed out that the bill would cover “any and all flavored vaping products,” adding, “There’s a very fine line between menthol and mint flavoring,” said Kramer, “and that line is way too fine.” A state task force assigned to e-cig regulations is expected to release a report and recommendations shortly.
Tobacco age raised to 21
Meanwhile last May, the Mid-Atlantic state also passed a legislation raising the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.
Signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, the law had added vaping products to the list of tobacco products. “There is no more important job than protecting the health and safety of Marylanders,” said Hogan in a statement at the time.
This regulation requires retailers to place warning signs stating the age limit, however it includes an exception which allows people 18 and over in possession of military IDs, to purchase tobacco, a provision that anti-tobacco advocates oppose.
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