MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee passed a resolution asking the state legislature to “support legislation and efforts to combat youth vaping and use of electronic cigarettes” at its Nov. 12 meeting.

While the legal age to acquire vaping products in the state is 21, last year the use of electronic smoking devices increased 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students, according to the FDA.

Noting that e-cigarettes contain carcinogens, the resolution reads in part, “as of October 22, 2019, the CDC was investigating 1,604 possible cases of lung illness (including some in New Jersey) and 34 confirmed deaths in 24 states related to the use of electronic smoking devices.”

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The committee also included their support for NJ State Assembly bill 375, introduced early in 2018, which requires the manufacturer of cigarettes, tobacco products, and electronic smoking devices to donate 25 percent of its in-state marketing and advertising budget to a fund used to prevent using tobacco and electronic smoking devices via activities and awareness campaigns.

The bill was introduced and then referred to the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, where it does not seem to have seen any movement.

The resolution, which was passed unanimously, will be sent to the governor, the township’s state representatives, and the freeholder board.

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