WASHINGTON (dpa AFX) A new study shows that teens are able to easily buy e cigarettes Online despite age restrictions.
Teens could successfully have the nicotine free e cigarettes delivered to their doorsteps 94 percent of the time, according to a study by Rebecca S. Williams, M.H.S., Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and coauthors published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal.
The sales of e cigarettes, or vaping smokes, to young people under age 18 are already banned in a total of 41 states in the U.S.
The cross sectional study was conducted from February 2014 to June 2014, with 11 nonsmoking minors aged 14 to 17 years making supervised e cigarette purchase attempts from 98 Internet e cigarette vendors. The purchase attempts were made at the University of North Carolina Internet Tobacco Vendors Study project offices using credit cards.
The objective of the study was to estimate the extent to which minors can successfully purchase e cigarettes online and assess compliance with North Carolina’s 2013 e cigarette age verification law.
The minors were easily able to purchase e cigarettes from the Internet because of an absence of age verification measures used by Internet e cigarette vendors.
The study found that in only in five instances out of the 98 attempts did the online retailer reject a purchase due to age. Eighteen orders failed for problems unrelated to age. The minors made a total of 75 successful orders.
None of the vendors complied with North Carolina’s e cigarette age verification law as the companies did not attempted to confirm age at delivery, and 95 percent of the time, the orders were just left at the teens’ doors.
E cigarettes entered the U.S. market in 2007 and, with little regulatory oversight, grew into a $2 billion a year industry by 2013. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a trend of increasing e cigarette use among teens, with use rates doubling from 2011 to 2012.
Scientists have found that the e cigarettes can render deadly chemicals in line with nicotine which can overcome body’s defensive mechanism, and destroy the normal protective capacity of lungs. Free radical toxins that are found in e cigarettes have bad impact on humans.
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E Cigarettes have become criminalized in Western Australia. Also in the United States the FDA have plans to regulate Electronic Cigarettes. What does this mean for the thousands of people across the U.S and Australia? It s not looking good! If E Cigarettes are regulated in theory that would be great and fine right? Wrong! To regulate Electronic Cigarettes laws would need to change that have not been tested yet. This means that E Cigarettes could end up becoming banned under new laws put in place to regulate the devices.
Politicians in W.A Australia and quit smoking advocates say that the criminalisation of E Cigarettes is a win. A win?? Also a politician added that the device could lead to kids smoking real cigarettes. “OK Just a reminder for you Australian politicians. Kids already smoke real cigarettes”
So what they are saying is that because it contains nicotine it could lead to nicotine addiction. Patches and gum also contain nicotine. Could patches and gum lead to kids smoking real cigarettes? NO! That s because they are only sold to people over the age of 18. Also the product is not appealing to non smokers. Why would a non smoker buy patches and gum? The answer is that they wouldn t.
The same can be said about Electronic Cigarettes. Why would a non smoker be interested in the device? The answer is they wouldn t be.
What they have done in W.A Australia is equivalent to banning life rafts on a sinking ship.
- They know tobacco will kill 2/3 smokers and they know there is no evidence that Electronic Cigarettes have any adverse health effects. The only know toxin in an E Cigarette is nicotine. Apart from being extremely addictive nicotine is no worse on your body than a cup of coffee. Nicotine works much the same as caffeine as a mild stimulant.
Would you allow your government to ban life rafts on sinking ships? What they are doing is removing a lifesaving tool available to smokers. This will result in the deaths of millions.