Nebraska lawmakers consider raising legal age to purchase vaping products

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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - The Nebraska Legislature is considering raising the age to legally purchase vaping products by one year.

The current age to legally purchase the products is 18. Lawmakers want to change that to 19 years.

The reason for the change is that the vaping products often end up and schools and even some of the companies that produce the items don't want that to happen.

"There's all sorts of different types of devices. There's some that look like pins, there's some that look like USB drives..." Anette Eyeman with Papillion - La Vista Schools said.

She said that staff is continuously confiscating the products and that raising the age limit by one year would greatly reduce how many make it inside schools. There is nothing to stop 18-year-old students from buying vaping products and bringing them to school.

"Given that teens are using this product in high schools, we understand the desire to restrict access to them to teens and get them out of high schools so that younger teens don't see the 18-year-olds using them. Therefore, we support, as a compromise, raising the age to 19," Sarah Linden, owner, and CEO of Generation V said.

Generation V is a chain of five vaping outlets in Nebraska.

Linden said 19 is fine, but they don't want the age limit any higher.

The Unicameral is expected to consider the issue sometime this week.