13 Jan 2018

American Samoa looks to tighten tobacco laws

8:44 am on 13 January 2018

There are proposals in American Samoa to amend and tighten local tobacco laws.

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e-cigarettes and vaping have become popular Photo: Supplied

The local administration is looking at submitting proposals to amend the law to include e-cigarettes and raise the smoking age to 21 to the Fono for consideration.

The proposals are cited in Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga's 94-page Comprehensive Report to the US government.

Currently it is prohibited for any person below the age of 18 to purchase or distribute tobacco products in American Samoa.

There are also fines in place for stores which sells cigarettes or other tobacco products to minors.

The Comprehensive Report also states the governor is planning to submit a proposal to the Fono to create a law for alcohol advertising to include warning messages.