Among the growing concerns of e-cigs is the amount of teenagers using them, or at least having tried them. Don’t blame the kids, it’s totally legal! Well, in most places at least.
Apart from teenagers being able to legally buy e-cigs in most states in the US and Europe, there is another problem – the internet! So even in states where laws have been made to prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, kids can easily get around this and order the gadgets and their accessories (i.e. e-liquid) online.
The Stats: Research by CDC found 10 percent of high schoolers in US reported smoking e-cigarettes in 2013; double the amount in 2011 (Reuters, 2013).
Places e-cigs are NOT sold to minors: Twelve states in US have prevented the sale of e-cigs to minors: California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. New York banned e-cigarette smoking within 100 feet of an entrance to a public or private school (Reuters, 2013).
European Parliament is looking to impose tight laws on e-cig sales to minors, a decision will be made by early October 2013 (stay tuned for this!).
The news report below clearly explains the problems surrounding teens and e-cigs: