Cigarette prices could increase if this bill passes


South carolina lawmakers have filed a few bills that deal with nicotine and tobacco products. One of the bills would restrict access; another would help generate money for education.

Representative Beth Bernstein from Richland County wants to keep nicotine products ike vapors and e-cigarettes out of the hands of teens. 

“Vaping products are marketed for preteens and early teenage boys and girls and it’s marketed that they are safer than smoking.. And the misconception of that concept was very troubling for me,” explained Bernstein. 

Representative Beth Bernstein’s bills prohibit teens from going into smoke shops and require no vaping policies at public schools. 

The bills would also create a roadblock in one of the main ways teens get their hands on vape pens; by requiring extra identification for online purchases.

Representative Bernstein added, “So you might be able to get pass the third-party age verification when you’re ordering online. But you will have to present an id at the time of delivery.”

There were 4 bills filed by Bernstein in total. The bills were combined into a cumulative bill that passed out of subcommittee Thursday. 

Other lawmakers have filed a bill that would raise the price of cigarettes. An addtional surtax of .05 each cigarette or about $1 a pack would be added to generate money for teacher salaries. 

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