Many Tobacco and E-Cigarette Retailers Fail to Check IDs, Study Finds

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Many tobacco and e-cigarette retailers ignore a state law requiring them to check IDs for customers who appear to be under age 27, according to a “secret shopper” study in California.

The study found IDs were checked only about half the time, HealthDay reports. California bars sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21.
Study author April Roeseler of the California Tobacco Control Program wrote in JAMA Pediatrics that the findings suggest a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal that would allow the sale of flavored vaping products in “adult-only” shops might not be effective.

“Vape shops and tobacco stores are nominally age-restricted, which shows that the FDA’s policy of simply saying flavored e-cigs can only be sold in age-restricted venues is not really an effective way to reduce e-cigarette use,” said Stanton Glantz, Director of the Center for Tobacco Control, Research and Education, who was not involved in the study. “What they should do — and have consistently failed to do — is to simply prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products.”

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