A loose coalition of public health advocates and lawmakers in Arizona are supporting a move to make it illegal for anyone under 21 to use tobacco products in any form, including e-cigarettes.
Arizona state Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, is among the lawmakers looking into the change. She has announced that when the legislature reconvenes in 2020, she will be a sponsor of a bill to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products.
Carter also plans to propose that any retailer who wants to sell tobacco or tobacco-related products would need to undergo an annual inspection and license period.
Local municipalities would have the option of adding further restrictions, but would be prevented from loosing the guidelines.
E-cigarette usage has become a national issue in the past few months as a result of a number of deaths and hundreds of illnesses tied to vaping.
Arizona state Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Glendale, has said that he will propose legislation to make it illegal to advertise products used in vaping near playgrounds, day care facilities, and schools.
"These vaping products are marketed to our youth as if they are safe, as if they are cool," Quezada told Arizona Central. "In reality, these devices and their chemicals are causing faster rates of addiction as consumption rates grow heavier and heavier."