Vaping still on the rise among youth, General Assembly considering flavored products ban

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 17:50:47-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Millions of Americans are vaping and some of them are getting sick.

The American Lung association said, Maryland is on the right track to stopping the trend, but it needs to do more. That includes removing all flavored tobacco products from the market.

A new study by the association found that even after Maryland raised the age to buy tobacco to 21, vaping is still on the rise among youth.

Currently, there’s legislation moving through the general assembly that could put Maryland on the forefront of putting an end to the trend.

"We know that users are specifically drawn to flavored products, products in the market," said Aleks Casper of the American Lung Association for Maryland.

Another way the state is working to lower tobacco usage is to increase the tobacco tax.

Senate Bill Three would not only raise the tax by $2 but will make sure that the taxes are the same for every tobacco or vaping product.