Police: E-Cigarette Buyers Must be 18

Tempting for teens as marketing ploys target them

Tom Puckett
February 12, 2018 - 6:53 pm

Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) An undercover buy by Town of Tonawanda Police reminded some retailers about the rules when it comes to selling e-cigarettes and other vaping products to minors. Two were cited in the test last week.

Like traditional cigarettes, you must be 18 to buy e-cigarettes. "It requires the preson present a valid driver's license, a passport, or military ID. Basically, a valid government issued ID showing the person is at least 18," says Lt. Thomas Haynes. E-cigarettes have nicotine, which is regulated by the state and requires e-cig sellers to get proof before a sale.

Lt. Tom Haynes, Town of Tonawanda Police, on E-Cig Selling Rules

Haynes says teens don't have to go to a store to get e-cigarettes or other vaping materials. "I went online and it a juul pod can be bought online rather easily. It's a cartridge with a vaping device," explains Haynes. He says that sells for less than $20.

He notes vaping marketing is aimed at teens, especially when it comes to flavors. "You can get in peach, grape, berries, anything can mask it and make it seem enjoyable. But it's going to hurt you and possibly kill you, and that's why it's regulated," explains Haynes. 

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