Raising the minimum age to 21 also gives tobacco harm reduction an opportunity to become a reality for millions of adult smokers.
Tobacco harm reduction is built on the idea that adult smokers who do not quit should be able to get nicotine from products that are less risky than combustible cigarettes.
There is a growing public health consensus that products that do not burn and produce no smoke are significantly less harmful than conventional cigarettes. Raising the legal age of purchase to 21 is important for preserving the reduced harm potential of non-combustible technologies. FDA has made clear that this harm reduction future cannot be fully achieved without doing more to reverse underage e-vapor use rates.
To read more from our Chairman & CEO, see his February 2019 editorial in The Hill.