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Bill would ban sales of e-cigarettes by phone, internet

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon’s House of Representatives passes a bill banning phone and internet sales of e-cigarettes.

Proponents said too many teens are vaping, even though Oregon law prohibits anyone under 21 from using tobacco or marijuana.

“Despite that law teens can easily bypass the age restriction by purchasing products online or over the phone without any verification process,” said Representative Pam Marsh (D-Ashland).  She sponsored House Bill 4078, which bans all sales of inhalant delivery systems by phone or internet in Oregon.

“In Oregon,e-cigarette use among 11th graders grew from 13 to 23 percent in the two year period from 2017 to 2019,” she said.

The bill passed the House of Representatives 41-18, and now heads to the Oregon Senate for consideration.

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