Ever since the year 1999, so for around 20 years, your age must above 18 when buying a pack of cigarettes.
But, there is still a lot of discussion about underage smoking. Almost as much as underage vaping. Is there really a big reason to worry about your underage children smoking or vaping?
Since the Public Health Regulations back in the distant year of 1999 set the legal age for buying tobacco at 18. That means, even people born in this millennium can smoke legally.
On the other side, ever since installing this regulation, states have tried to push against it and raise the legal age for smoking.
The first two states which succeeded in their attempts to raise the legal age from smoking were California and Hawaii.
Both of these states managed to raise the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21.
The least on the list of five states with their own legal age for smoking is Oregon.
But many organizations which were against underage smoking before are now fighting with the ‘underage vaping epidemic.’
There have been numerous studies done about the epidemic. But, the results have failed to show anything resembling an epidemic. Consequently, why is there such a humbug about something that does not exist in reality?
An epidemic is something that has a sudden increase in the population and brings with itself forth a number of diseases.
However, based on every fact, we have about electronic cigarettes, there is nothing of that sort going on in the USA.
But, it may be true that there is a number of teens that are getting addicted to nicotine. But it does not mean that they had an addiction to vaping.
The main reason for their addiction is the fact that they are predisposed to that type of addiction. The method is not the problem here.
If teens are vaping, then they are not really doing it regularly. In general, teens just try it, like they do many other things.
But you don’t see an oral sex teen epidemic anywhere in the news. Only one out of four teens who have vaped and has done it regularly from that moment on.
This fact shows that vaping is a form of experimentation for teens, not something that they do regularly. And they are most definitely not using them as tools to replace their cigarette use.
Honestly, there has been an increase in teens who are vaping. According to the newest studies, the number of teens who vape regularly has increased by 8 percent on average in most states in the US.
But, as it is often the case, the news outlets have blown everything out of proportion. They have claimed that the number of teens who vape has increased by 9 times!
The number that is preposterous and untrue. The most common substance that about teens are still alcohol, with every third teen drinking underage.
Marihuana sits at the same level as vaping. It is not hard to tell what the real problem of underage consumption is.
All this dishonest media coverage neglects to mention the most important fact, that ever since vaping started to be a thing, smoking has been on the decline.
On average during the last few years, every year around 5% fewer teens are smoking. NBC was the frontrunner in spreading a lot of this false information about vaping and its effects on teens.
But, luckily people didn’t really take notice of what they claimed. They did not look at the evidence and just tried to pin this new ‘epidemic’ on the government.
But, e-cigarettes are truly the biggest reason for the decline in smoking. Not even the biggest enemies of the vaping industry can deny that fact.
Sadly, not a lot of mainstream media is willing to report on the good stuff. They will probably continue to spread fear about the vaping epidemic that is non-existent.
Luckily, there are more and more smokers who turn to vape and get rid of cigarettes by using vapes.
Even if the media can’t give them air time, there will be a huge number of living proofs of the benefits of vaping that the general public won’t able to ignore.