SALEM, Ore. — A bill aimed at banning online sales of vaping products has passed the Oregon House of Representatives. One of the bill's chief sponsors is Rep. Pam Marsh of Jackson County.
House Bill 2261 would ban all online sales of "inhalant delivery systems," requiring face-to-face purchases of those products. It specifically appears to target tobacco or nicotine-related products, not marijuana vape devices.
Proponents of the bill say that it would make it more difficult for people under the age of 21 to get vaping products. House Democrats said that more than one in four high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days, according to data from 2019.
“I got involved in this issue when high school students from my district contacted me and told me how easily their peers were getting access to these products online,” said Rep. Marsh. “We all know vaping is bad for kids. The nicotine in these devices is highly addictive and can negatively impact developing brains. Closing this loophole is important for the health of young Oregonians and has the added benefit of keeping business for licensed Oregon tobacco and vape retailers in state.”
The legislature passed a bill in 2017 banning online sales of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. Democrats said that the new bill will align all vaping products with the 2017 legislation.
In November, Oregon voters approved a hike in taxes on tobacco products — including a sizable tax on vaping products. Those taxes went into effect on January 1.
During comittee testimony on the bill, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said that 89 percent of youth who tried to purchase Juul products online were successful.
HB 2261 passed the House in a vote of 44 to four. It now goes on to the Oregon Senate for consideration.