Healthbeat: Age to purchase tobacco raised to 21 in 2020

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(CNN) — THERE ARE SOME BIG CHANGES COMING FOR THE TOBACCO AND VAPING INDUSTRIES.

THE U.S. HAS RAISED THE MINIMUM AGE FOR BUYING TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO 21. BUT WILL THAT SLOW THE NUMBER OF ILLNESSES AND DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE PRODUCTS?

MEREDITH WOOD LOOKS INTO THE QUESTION ON TONIGHT’S HEALTHBEAT.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SIGNED SOME MAJOR HEALTH PROVISIONS IN A SWEEPING SPENDING BILL LATE FRIDAY.

INCLUDING RAISING THE MINIMUM AGE TO PURCHASE TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO 21.

ACCORDING TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS, 19 STATES AND WASHINGTON D.C., ALONG WITH HUNDREDS OF TOWNS HAD ALREADY RAISED THE MINIMUM AGE FROM 18.

AND THE MEASURE ON A FEDERAL LEVEL HAS LONG HAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.

TRUMP HAS SPOKEN IN THE PAST OF WANTING TO RAISE THE MINIMUM AGE TO PURCHASE TOBACCO AND FLAVORED E-CIGARETTES.

HEALTH OFFICIALS AND PARENTS CONTINUE TO HAVE CONCERNS WITH THE GROWING POPULARITY OF VAPING AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THE OUTBREAK OF VAPING-RELATED LUNG INJURIES AND DEATHS.

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST FEDERAL SURVEY, 1 IN 4 HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ADMITTED TO VAPING NICOTINE.

BUT DESPITE THE NEW AGE RESTRICTIONS — SOME ADVOCATES SAY THE YOUTH EPIDEMIC WILL CONTINUE – UNLESS VAPING PRODUCTS ARE BANNED COMPLETELY.

THE NEW LAW WILL TAKE EFFECT SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.

HERE IN SOUTH DAKOTA, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS CONFIRMED 13 CASES OF VAPING RELATED ILLNESSES. THE YOUNGEST PATIENT IS 16 YEARS OLD.

TO READ MORE ABOUT VAPING AMONG KIDS AND TEENS AND HOW SCHOOLS AND DOCTORS ARE ADDRESSING THE ISSUSE, CLICK HERE.

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