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Preventing E-Cigarette and Tobacco Use by Young People

The Attorney General’s Office is committed to the enforcement of tobacco and nicotine control laws, including e-cigarette laws, and preventing youth access to these products.

While the percent of young people in Massachusetts using traditional combustible cigarettes has fallen, there has been an exponential increase in the percent of young people using e-cigarettes and vaping devices. In 2015, 7.7% of Massachusetts high school students reported current use of combustible cigarettes and 23.7% reported current use of electronic cigarettes. In the same year, almost 50% of Massachusetts high school students reported having ever used e-cigarettes (Health and Risk Behaviors of Massachusetts Youth, 2015).

The Attorney General’s Office is committed to addressing this public health epidemic by taking enforcement actions against problematic companies and retailers, working with stakeholders, and investing in prevention education.
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