With the signing of Senate Bills 512 and 555 into law, distributors of e-cigarette products in Illinois are subject to higher standards, including not marketing to children and stopping the use of harmful additives.
Gregory Conley, president of the American Electronic Cigarette Association, praised the state for enacting very responsible regulations on electronic products.
"For many years, we have been arguing in front of state legislators that the ban does not work, and the actual implementation of sound and reasonable regulations is the key to having a well-performing and well-regulated market." He said.
Conley said the regulations allow adults who are trying to quit smoking to continue using e-cigarettes.
"It is vital to public health that these products are fairly regulated, not just banned, because there are still about 34-36 million adult American smokers-they should not be left behind," he said.
The press release stated that the new law also gives the authorities the power to enforce the state's minimum purchase age of 21 years.
Conley said that the law that sets the legal age of purchase in Illinois at 21 is very helpful in reducing the number of young people in the state who use electronic products, but there is still work to be done.
"We also recognize that if this industry wants to get permission from legislators like Illinois to continue to exist, we need to reduce the rate of youth usage in this country," he said.
He is optimistic that these new laws will further promote this work.
"Like the provisions in Senate Bill 512 are completely appropriate," he said. "For example, there is no need to put cartoons on the bottles of e-liquid products."
Conley said he hopes to test more dealers after the COVID-19 pandemic eases to ensure they comply with the law.
He said: Because if there are companies that do not abide by the law and act maliciously, they should be prosecuted and fined so that they can reform themselves.