ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The full House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 3942, The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act today. Through the NACS grassroots portal, you can click here to send a pre-drafted email to your congressional representative asking them to support the bill.
The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act advances the policy goal of preventing underage sales and provides a fair regulatory structure for businesses. It would require the online sellers of e-cigarettes to ensure that a delivery person verifies the ID of an adult at the time of delivery. It also would require the online sellers to comply with state and local tax requirements.
The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking ACT (PACT Act) became law in 2010 to resolve problems stemming from internet sales of cigarettes. The PACT Act requires online tobacco sellers to ensure that age is verified by the delivery agent upon delivery, and it also mandates the collection and remittance of all state and local taxes. However, when the PACT Act was originally introduced, electronic cigarettes were not included since they were just coming onto the market.
Today, e-cigarette usage among minors is higher than ever—and the internet is now the most common retail source of e-cigarettes to minors. H.R. 3942 will close this loophole by updating the PACT Act to apply to e-cigarettes. The bipartisan bill was sponsored by Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND).
The bill, which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by voice vote, is now scheduled for consideration by the full House of Representatives this evening. Please click here to contact your legislator today and urge them to vote YES to H.R. 3942. If your legislator is already a co-sponsor, our system will generate a "thank you" email for you to send. The PACT Act has worked for cigarettes, and we believe that it should be updated to apply to e-cigarettes.