Examining Legislative Responses to Vaping Linked Deaths: Why Raising Sale Ages for Nicotine or Banning Flavored Vaping Products Doesn’t Solve the Issue
By Margaret Lu
Margaret (Maggie) Lu is a sophomore at the University of Chicago studying English and Spanish.
On September 6th, Senator Dick Durbin called for the resignation of the FDA lead. On September 11th, President Donald Trump promised to ban the sale of flavored vaping products. While the dangers of cigarettes are widely known and warned against in American media, e-cigarettes & vaping are often touted as a “safe alternative” to cigarettes [i]. Juul usage has quietly taken a deadly turn, most recently causing the 12th death of a person related to vaping [ii]. Apart from banning the sale of flavored vaping products outright, another avenue being explored is to raise the sales age of vaping to 21. Both solutions have pros and cons, but neither touch on the key issue: discovering the actual cause of vaping deaths.