Without the government regulating e-cigarettes, people buying the product do not have to pay high taxes like they do with regular cigarettes. They also are not limited by the age when buying it.
What does this mean for kids? Tobacco companies have found another way to encourage kids to smoke. Now it's a new "technology" that will costs less than an iPhone and you don't have to be over 18 to buy one. Tobacco use in American kids between the ages of 11 and 16 has gone down by more than 40% since 2010 because of three things:
- Age restriction
With a tobacco companies coming up with a new way to entice kids to become smokers, it's more important than ever to get the word out about the dangers of smoking. Let's help create the next smoke-free generation!
By the way, here's some interesting research they've done on e-cigarettes:
"Liquid nicotine is extracted from tobacco, but unlike tobacco leaves, liquid nicotine can be lethal. It can cause harm when it's inhaled, but it can also be harmful when ingested or absorbed through your skin. Only a small dose is dangerous -- less than one tablespoon of many of the e-liquids on the market is enough to kill an adult, and as little as a teaspoon could kill a child) [source: Richtel]. The number of calls to poison control centers regarding e-cigarette nicotine-infused liquids rose sharply every month between September 2010 and February 2014, from just one call per month to as many as 215 -- that's a rise from 0.3 percent to 41.7 percent of all emergency calls. As many as 51.1 percent of those calls involved accidental poisoning of kids under the age of 5 (roughly 42 percent involved adults age 20 or older) [source: CDC].
Some testing suggests it's not only the nicotine that may be dangerous. Certain e-cigarette devices may also release metals during use -- including tin in some cases -- as well as other impurities known to be toxic and/or carcinogenic." SOURCE: "How Stuff Works Article - 10 Little Known Facts About e-Cigarettes"