Young people under the age of 18 can purchase e-cigarettes online, including in countries where it is illegal, a new study reveals. North Carolina researchers asked 11 teens between 14 and 17 years of age who did not smoke to try to buy e-cigarettes online from 98 of the most popular Internet vendors. The selling of e-cigarettes to minors in North Carolina is illegal—but only five of the 98 orders were refused on the grounds of a failed age check. Eighteen orders failed due to age-related problems, such as website issues. Overall, 75 active orders were given by the minors.
The teenagers were often asked to answer the door when deliveries were made. None of the companies tried to validate the age at delivery, and 95% of the time, orders were only left at teenagers’ doors. The results affect every state that attempts to control access to young people, the authors add. Currently, there is no federal law banning the selling of e-cigarettes to minors, despite the fact that they contain nicotine, which is addictive. The U.S. in 2014. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suggested that e-cigarettes should be subject to their normal tobacco control, but the policy is still not codified. “It may be several years before federal legislation is implemented,” writes the writers of the report.
Some countries have stepped in and forbidden the selling of merchandise to minors within their borders. So far there are 41 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban such transactions or have laws in place to do so. But as the new study indicates, young people can easily get e-cigarettes online if they want to. “Without strictly enforced federal regulations, online e-cigarette vendors have little incentive to reduce profits by spending the time and money needed to properly verify the age of customers and reject underage buyers,” says research author Rebecca S. Williams, a public health researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
None of the vendors complied with North Carolina’s age-verification e-cigarette regulations. The majority of U.S. carriers, including USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL, forbid the distribution of cigarettes, instead allowing the delivery of tobacco products from a licensed dealer or distributor to another licensed dealer or distributor. If these guidelines were applied to e-cigarettes, the authors of the study claim that they would effectively close a significant access gap.
Getting proposed rules like the FDA passed takes time, but when it comes to children’s welfare, researchers suggest that there needs to be more urgency. Previous statistics shows that, from 2011 to 2013, the number of young Americans using e-cigarettes but not traditional cigarettes more than tripled, from 79,000 to more than 263,000. The authors conclude that the ease with which teens can get e-cigarettes online—in a state that forbids practice—stresses the need for more control and speed.
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