Vaping age limit would be 21 under Wisconsin proposal

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FILE – In this April 16, 2019, file photo, a woman exhales a puff of vapor from a Juul pen in Vancouver, Wash. A former Juul Labs executive is alleging that the vaping company knowingly shipped 1 million tainted nicotine pods to customers. The allegation comes in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Oct. 29, by a former finance executive who was fired by the vaping giant earlier this year. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill that would limit the sale of vaping and other tobacco products to people over age 21.

The Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention held a hearing on the bipartisan proposal Wednesday.

The measure would increase the minimum age for buying products containing nicotine and tobacco from 18 to 21. It would also prohibit anyone from selling or providing vaping paraphernalia, such as vape pens, to anyone under 21.

Proponents argue it would stunt the growth in popularity of e-cigarettes among young people. Use by high school students is increasing despite concerns about damage the chemicals in the devices may cause to the heart and lungs.

The bill would have to pass both the Senate and Assembly and be signed by Gov. Tony Evers before becoming law.

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