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Students Question Success of New Age Limit on Vaping Products

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SALISBURY, Md.- A new Maryland law to raise the age limit on tobacco products from 18 to 21 went into effect on Tuesday.

But many college students question if the new restriction will successfully keep teens away from vaping products.

"Just like underage drinking, everyone has a way to get alcohol. And just like underage buying cigarettes, or other tobacco uses, they still find a way," college student Rachel Miller said.

Miller says peer pressure has sparked an interest in products like Juuls.  Student James Weaver agrees.

"I don't think it'll be that important, you know? People will still get them, people will still smoke them, and people will still get affected by them," Weaver said.

The only exception to the 21+ tobacco age limit, is those over 18 with an active military ID.

Wicomico Health Department Tobacco Program Coordinator Rhonda Bryant says it has become an increasing epidemic in the school systems.

"They're clueless right now. They just think that it's cool and it's safe," Bryant said.

Bryant says parents and students need to become more educated on what the products contain.  She says more research needs to be done to see what the effects of these products are.

Bryant hopes that the new age limit will keep teens from vaping and using e-cigarettes, but only time will tell.

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