The legislature's taxation committee hears concerns of vaping dangers

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BISMARCK, N.D. - When the federal government raised the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, it also sparked a conversation about the dangers of electronic smoking devices in the state legislature's Taxation Committee.

Many people, organizations and departments supported the idea of including vaping products in the tobacco tax.

“The last time the tax was raised on tobacco products, I was not even born. Vaping products are not taxed as tobacco products in North Dakota. It is easier for my friends to get these products because of the low prices in North Dakota,” said Madison Grieve, a high school sophomore from Jamestown.

Tobacco Free North Dakota says that 90 percent of those using vapes started at 18 years old or younger.

And the Department of Public Instruction says the number of citations given to minors is four times higher than five years ago.

The FDA is making plans to restrict the sales of certain e-liquid flavors that may be more appealing to children.