Senate approves Zorn bill to protect youths from vaping

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation as part of a six-bill package to control the sale of electronic cigarettes in Michigan and raise the legal smoking age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21.

“For decades we’ve seen the terrible and often deadly impact of youth tobacco use in Michigan and across the country,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The concern now is the alarming use of vaping products by minors and reports that these devices are just as dangerous as traditional tobacco products. This bipartisan package is designed to clear up any confusion about the use of e-cigarettes or vaping devices in our communities while also protecting the health of our children and young adults.”

Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes and other nicotine vapor delivery devices, has become increasingly popular with individuals of all ages.

Zorn’s bill, Senate Bill 785, would require a tobacco product seller to check to make sure that a buyer is at least 21 years old. The current age requirement is 18.

The other bills, SBs 781-784 and 786, would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, tax vaping products at a rate of 18% of the wholesale price, require state licenses for all businesses and sales staff engaged in selling vaping products, create advertising restrictions for the sale of vapor products, require electronic age verification for the sale of vapor products, and raise the current age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

The bills have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.