While smoking cigarettes has gone down, health officials are concerned about another tobacco product gaining popularity among teens.
We’ve seen the anti-smoking commercials, read the ads and warning labels which have attributed to cigarette smoking going down, but vaping is becoming more popular among teens.
According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, half of middle-school children said e-cigarettes were the first kind of tobacco they tried.
E-cigarettes are battery operated nicotine products which vaporize a liquid into a mist.
More than 3,000,000 middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2015.
That’s nearly 600,000 more kids than the previous year.
You can blame the endless assortment of flavors or their small devices as to what’s attracting millennials and teenagers.
Some teens even admit to using them in class.
“Just like a liquor store checks IDs for alcohol,” said Erica Cole, assistant manager of The Vault in Northampton. “We require a state issued picture ID, from the RMV, 21 and up. It can’t be a school ID. Can’t be a picture of their ID.”
In many states, including Massachusetts vaping is illegal under the age of 18.
In 170 cities and counties across the commonwealth you have to be 21.
But some kids admit to buying popular nicotine products like this online.
Schools and Health officials are using educational campaigns to combat this growing trend.
Despite e-cigarettes being marketed as a “healthy alternative” to cigarette smoking, it can still contribute to heart disease and cancer.