First off I think I speak for all vapers and retailers when I say no one is saying that vaporizers and e-cigs should be sold to anyone under 18. I don’t know why policy makers are making a big deal of this other than the fact it makes them look like they’re fixing a problem that doesn’t exist.
Anyway this article from the Oakland Press in Michigan has a bunch of people in it saying things that they should know better about but it’s easier to be heard than it is to be right.
That’s why Michigan Rep. Gail Haines is trying to get a law passed that would ban the sale of the electronic smoking devices to teens. She said they contain nicotine and, therefore, should fall into the already prohibited sale of tobacco products to youth under 18.
“Nicotine is nicotine,” said the Republican lawmaker.
I think she went to No Shit Sherlock University. What she said is pretty inoffensive but what comes next scares me.
There’s also an increase in people using e-cigarettes to smoke other substances, such as hash (marijuana) oil inserted in the cartridges, said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
“(Narcotics officers) are seeing more of it in raids and on tables,” during raids, Bouchard said. “You could walk through a mall smoking one (with hash oil) and no one would know.”
Granted that weed vaporizers and nicotine vaporizers look the same the two are not interchangeable. You can’t just walk into a vape store and get a weed vaporizer and some hash oil. Also you can’t by an over the counter e-cig and use it to get high. Do the Oakland County Sheriffs bother anyone smoking a cigar because it might be a blunt? Somehow I doubt it.
Let’s not forget that flavors mean that things are marketed to kids…
Haines said the number of teens using the devices that look like cigarettes has dramatically increased just in the past year and “they are offered in candy-like flavors such as raspberry and cheesecake,” she added. Some come with the cartridges, and liquids can be purchased to refill them.
“Marketing is almost predatory,” Haines said. “They are being portrayed as glamorous and cool…with celebrities. Kids are being bombarded with these ads.
First off, that anti-vaxxing charlatan Jenny McCarthy is neither cool nor a celebrity. Also, oh no, refillable cartridges? That’s pretty much how vaping works on most levels. However I will give her credit for using raspberry and cheesecake and not cotton candy and bubble gum.
Here’s what it comes down to. I doubt many of these political busybodies ever smoked let alone vaped so they have no idea what it’s like to engage in a deadly habit for decades before finding a working and enjoyable solution that has finally helped them kick the habit.