U.S. regulations require retailers to check ID for everyone under age 27 who tries to buy tobacco products, but half of tobacco and vape shops don’t do this, a 2018 study of California retailers suggests.
Forty-five percent of tobacco and vape shops sold e-cigarettes and vaping supplies to researchers posing as underage shoppers, the analysis also found. Sales violations were more common with vaping products than with traditional cigarettes.
“We don’t know why underage sales were more common for vape products than cigarettes, however, young people are more likely to use vape products rather than cigarettes,” said lead study author April Roeseler of the California Tobacco Control Program at the California Department of Public Health in Sacramento.
Between the 2016 and 2018 school years, vaping among California high school students increased by 27%, rising from 8.6% to 10.9%, while use of all other tobacco products decreased, Roeseler said by email.
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