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Should e-cigarettes be regulated in the same way as traditional tobacco and conventional combustion cigarettes? Why or why not?

Introduction

Nowadays, most people are aware of the health dangers inherent in cigarettes, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set stringent rules on tobacco manufacture, distribution, and marketing. These include restrictions on the color and design of packaging and advertisements, prominent warning labels, and promotion restrictions. However a new player has entered the field claiming to be a harmless alternative to regular combustion cigarettes: electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs. Some manufacturers claim that e-cigs provide the same essential functions as a tobacco cigarette, but with fewer toxins. The director of science and trends at the American Cancer Society has said there is a “likelihood that e-cigs would prove considerably less harmful than traditional smokes, at least in the short term.” Yet e-cigs contain animal carcinogens, addictive components, and some were found to contain toxic chemicals used in antifreeze.

E-cigs were patented in 1963, introduced to the U.S. market in 2007, and have yet to be regulated by the FDA although they received the authority to regulate e-smokers in 2011. At this point, no governmental agency is controlling or regulating e-cigs, and the lack of research creates a difficult dilemma for those looking into this product, be they high schoolers, parents, or long-time cigarette addicts. According to some studies and first hand accounts from tobacco addicts, e-cigs allegedly provide a less-harmful alternative to traditional tobacco, and can potentially wean millions of long-term smokers (similar to a nicotine patch). Other studies claim there is no correlation, and to advertise as much is terribly misleading.

E-cigs seem to be channeling the same glamorizing advertising campaigns cigarette companies used in the mid-1900s, and their targeted marketing has attracted 1.78 million adolescents across the nation to “vape” (puff on an e-cig), potentially providing a gateway to nicotine addiction. In this new frontier of electronic cigarettes, advocates claim e-cigs are a much safer alternative to tobacco, while the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, expounds that e-cigarette companies are engaging in disgraceful tactics meant “to get another generation of American kids addicted to nicotine.”

Should the government regulate e-cigs in the same manner as traditional tobacco products? Should we regulate now, and assume that e-cigs are harmful until data proves otherwise? Or should we wait for more studies, in the meantime potentially endangering the lives and decisions of millions of youth? What other information do you need before deciding for yourself?

Resource

Discovery News video Are E-Cigarettes Safer?
Smokers are using e-cigarettes to wean themselves off of traditional cigarettes, but are they any safer?


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More Resources

Nature article Regulation Stacks Up for E-Cigarettes
View an infographic that shows how e-cigarettes work, and read about the debate over the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes and their regulation.

NPR audio story E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make ‘Vaping’ Cool For Kids
Hear about the advertising campaigns being used by e-cigarette makers and how public health advocates say these images lure kids to use e-cig products.

Committee on Energy and Commerce interactive E-Cigarette Flashbacks
This interactive takes a look at the current e-cig advertising campaigns and the uncanny similarities to traditional tobacco marketing in the early- to mid-1900s.


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  • t’ohno’pain

    Well my thought on this subject is that i do not think that they should be regulated. My reasons for this is that it says that how the FDA hasent really studied it yet so if its not on there rader. And they were made to be a healthy alternative to smoking regular smokes. yes they have some nasty stuff in them but not as much as a regular pack of cigarettes. I mean two people in my family smoke and tried the electric ones and they love them. they quit having issues breathing and doing activates from day to day. plus they also smoke less so there getting off the habit. So i think that they shouldent regulate these because nothing really bad has came up for it to need to be regulated.

    P.S sorry i didnt comment on someone elses comment. at this time i am the first comment on the page.

    http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoking-cessation/e-cigarettes-help-stop-smoking.htm

    • Ty Sweno

      I agree with what you are saying. They shouldn’t have to be regulated but some products should be removed for the product like the ingredient that is commonly put into anitfreeze, But if the user is paying attention to what they are taking into their body they are more likely to buy a liquid that contains mostly poly glycerol or all vegetable gylcerin which is healthy for a person to digest. http://www.virginvapor.com/pages/about-us# The people from this company make 100% vegetable gylcerin liquid that has no unhealthy biproducts in it. I know many people that own ecigs them selves and they are not addicted to them like a common cigarette or if they are using them they once did smoke cigarettes but now they just puff on their e-cigs that are alot healthier to use than a cigarette. Im not saying that they are healthy totally but i will say that they are defiantly not killing people in the same way cigarettes are. Plus a full filled atomizer of a e-cig doesn’t even equal the same as 1 cigarette, I mean you need to bring in the fact of what level of nicotine they are using but even with the higher levels of nicotine in the juices they still don’t even close to add up to the amount a normal cigarette contains. http://www.nature.com/news/regulation-stacks-up-for-e-cigarettes-1.13814

    • Mega redes

      i disagree with t’ohno’pain, i think that e-cigs help addiction problems, i believe it will also help people with financial problems, as they will not have to keep buying pack after pack they can just keep re-charging the e-cig. second hand smoke is not an issue because instead of Tabaco smoke like cigarettes, e-cigs give off vapor witch is way less harmful than smoke that cigarettes give off. Two e-cigarette companies, Smoking Everywhere and NJOY, sued the FDA in the district court of the District of Columbia for impounding their products, and won, the judge said “there is no basis for the FDA to treat electronic cigarettes as a drug-device.
      http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoking-cessation/10-facts-about-e-cigarettes.htm#page=8

      • Eddie Riggs

        But the main concern is it being harmful for children that are easy getting a hold of them god learn to read the articular before you dicide to post your idiotic comments you twat

    • Zach Johnson

      Ultimately what this controversy boils down to is how harmful are these E cigs. Although they do not contain tobacco that doesn’t mean that they aren’t harmful. LIke it says above some of those cig’s have the same components as anti freeze and some others have nicotine.As proven by the article below some of these E-cig have the same amount of nicotine or more as regular cigarette.

      article: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoking-cessation/10-facts-about-e-cigarettes.htm#page=3

    • Kenny Moran

      In my opinion E-ciggs aren’t really that bad. I mean yeah it
      has nicotine in it but not as much as a real cigg. It is used to quit smoking. To
      kill the habit of the daily smoker. I have friend that have smoked most of
      their life, and know adults that have smoked two packs a day since they were
      13that started using the E-cigg that have stopped smoking or have at least one
      or two a week but do not like it. I have seen the results in my every day life,
      showing that E-ciggs do help humans quit smoking.

      http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x758x42560575

      • Bryan

        It is great that E-cigs are helping people, but they still need to be regulated. Not over regulated or banned like Los Angeles did.
        http://www.ecigs.com/ecigs-voted-to-be-banned-in-la/
        E-cigs need to be regulated, or they might end up in the wrong hands, like minors, where instead of helping someone quit they could cause someone to be addicted.

  • Forrestofthetrees420

    It is ridiculous to think that E-cigarettes are hurting anyone. There is no smoke, so no danger of hurting your lungs from smoke inhalation. There is no offensive odor, and in some cases there is no nicotine. So no really danger is actually posed against youth or anyone, except for the act of actually smoking it. The people who get butthurt from smoking in public in general. But, looking at the facts, some e-liquids that you can buy, do not have such carcinogens that were listed. Cheaper versions of E-cig liquid, have the carcinogens and toxins. So umm…..

    • Forrestofthetrees420

      Also sites for organic and non-toxic E-cig liquid.

      http://www.virginvapor.com/#

      And sites pertaining to E-cig research:

      http://thenationshealth.aphapublications.org/content/43/5/1.2.full

      • cannon

        I agree but more research please

      • H3ATH3R

        Either way st the end its bad for everyone and maybe not now it will have stronger liqured

    • Andrew

      You do not know for sure that they aren’t harmful.

    • Anthony

      You are wrong about most of this and you made yourself look stupid you should do research before you comment.

  • Samantha_M

    I believe E-cigs should be regulated in certain places. For one I believe school is not a place for E-cigs. It still contains some nicotine in it. Schools are a nicotine free
    zone. People can smoke e-cigs outside of school, at a park or on the beach.
    Outside of school they should be able to do it in outdoor places. Restaurants
    and indoor places should not be allowed. Seeing E-cigs might influence people
    to think its ok to smoke anything. We need to set an example for this
    generation, outside on your own time is ok, but not public places.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/health/a-hot-debate-over-e-cigarettes-as-a-path-to-tobacco-or-from-it.html?_r=0

    • ellielynn

      I agree with you Sam! I believe that E-cigs should be regulated in certain areas because some places just aren’t appropriate to be smoking E-cigs. There are several places to be smoking E-cigs, but certain places just aren’t. I don’t think people understand how harmful E-cigs still are, but they are definitely a better than Cigarettes. Just as Sam says we are setting very bad examples for the future generations because we all just act like we don’t care about much and we do whatever, whenever, wherever which isn’t right. I, myself don’t really prefer E-cigs and I don’t understand why people use them, but there should be places to smoke them.

      E-cigs are advertised nowadays to potentially be danger free compared to the actual cigarette. Many of us don’t realize all of what a E-cig contains, and how harmful they can be. It would be smarter to look into several different brands, and by the industrial versions versus the cheap ones from a gas station.

      http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smokescreen-are-e-cigarettes-safe/

      • suavecito

        E-cigs are bad

    • Trey Sullivan

      I disagree with you Samantha_M. I believe that E-cigs shouldn’t be regulated. They don’t actually burn any tobacco or even contain any. Also, because they don’t actually burn any tobacco, there is no way for anyone around someone puffing an E-cig to breathe in any second hand smoke. Schools are not nicotine free zones, they are tobacco free zones. E-cigs definitely shouldn’t be regulated in public places the same way that normal cigarettes are. They don’t give off any smoke, and it would also be a good thing for businesses. Many smokers won’t eat in at places because they can’t have a cigarette. If E-cigs were allowed in public places, then it would encourage E-cig users to eat out more or go to public spaces more.

      http://www.learn.eversmoke.com/5-benefits-over-cigarettes.html

  • kyle green

    I do not believe that E-Cigs should be regulated, because it does not have the chemicals that regular cigarettes it contains mainly water and the nicotine packs. But E-ciggs are to be an assistant in quitting smoking, but i do not believe they should be regulated by FDA. there is no chemicals in the E-cigs and so there is no “offensive” odor when smoking and its only water vapor so it just mixes in the air and then the next person breathes it in no harm done. And if your 18 you should be able to smoke it in school case it does not have tobacco.

    http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoking-cessation/e-cigarettes-help-stop-smoking.htm

    • jfk

      i agree with you Kyle. e cigs are not as dangerous according to the american cancer society. they state that e cig have considerably less harmful effects vs. the normal pack of cigarettes. they shouldn’t be regulated. the only stipulation i believe they should have is that you have to be 18 to buy them. e cigs are a safer version to the normal pack of cigarettes. the FDA should be supporting them. they should at least do research to see what the long term affects are on the human body and if they really do affect others around you. the worst that can happen is they will end up being as bad as the cigarettes we have today. e cigs should be as regulated as a can of spray paint. you only have to be of age. if you are willing to puff them you are willing to take the consequences that come with them.

    • Josh

      I think they should be
      regulated the same as cigarettes, there are other chemicals that are in them
      other than “mainly water and the nicotine
      packs.” Including but not limited to Acetaldehyde (MS) Benzene
      (SS) Cadmium (MS) Formaldehyde (MS,SS) Isoprene (SS) Lead
      (MS) Nickel (MS) Nicotine (MS, SS) N-Nitrosonornicotine (MS,
      SS) Toluene (MS, SS) acoording
      to http://www.tobacco.ucsf.edu/10-chemicals-identified-so-far-e-cig-vapor-are-california-prop-65-list-carcinogens-and-reproductive.
      It is a known fact that if you ingest these chemicals you would die with
      in 15 minutes, so why are we letting children inhale the vapors of these
      chemicals? E cigs are a fairly new product so the long term
      effects haven’t been fully identified but the impacts they are seeing
      from short term study are looking to promising as you can see
      here on this New York Times
      article http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/business/e-cigarette-study-data-may-raise-concerns.html?_r=0

    • Josh Knight

      I agree with you Kyle, because regular cigarettes have a bunch of chemicals and nicotine. Where the e-cig is just water vapor and has no harsh chemicals or anything like that. The e-cig also reduces your urge to smoke, its like smoking a regular cigarette. Cigarettes cause cancer and other sicknesses. E-cigs are so much better than cigarettes and they are also way healthier for the person and way better for the planet.

    • Ashton Walker

      I do believe that E-cigs should be regulated at least for
      the time being until the proper testing is done and proves that they are a
      healthier alternative than smoking regular cigarettes. As far as the nicotine aspect
      of it, I believe that the nicotine companies are using E-cigs to get a younger
      age of kids addicted to the product. The E-cig is the perfect way to keep up
      with the new times and a younger group of kid. The FDA should also have an input
      in the regulation of the E-cigs. In order to purchase the E-cig you still
      should have to be 18 years old, because it still could be considered a gateway
      into using regular tobacco products.

      http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoking-cessation/10-facts-about-e-cigarettes.htm#page=0

      • lexy

        i agree with you 100%

    • Tan

      I do believe that E-Cigs should be regulated, because they still need to study and testing to prove E-Cigs doesn’t have any chemical or nicotine in it. And I think if you under 18 you should not smoke it yet.

  • Mark Smith

    I strongly disagree with Mr. t’ohno’pain. I believe that e-cigs are not a good alternative to cigarettes, and should be very heavily regulated and taxed. kids I know believe that they are a totally safe and fun alternative to cigarettes, and they are not. It irritates me that the e-cig companies advertise them as though they are safe, when in actuality they are addictive, contain carcinogens, and toxic chemicals! How can people believe that an ingredient in antifreeze is harmless to them, I do not know. Perhaps they just ignore it or truly have never heard the facts about e-cigs before. All of this just to get a ‘buzz’.

    http://www.philly.com/…/Why-e-cigarettes-should-be-banned-from-minors.html

    • Annabelle

      I agree with you that E cigs can be addictive, but if
      someone is smoking E cigs odds are they have been addicted to cigarettes
      already. Now you say that E cigs are not a safe alternative, and that is true
      in some cases, if you by cheap E cigs. But as it goes with everything you get
      what you pay for, there are organic and toxin free vapor pens, but they are
      more costly. Also E cigs and vapor pens are much more healthy for the people
      around the second hand vapor. ” Non-cancer risk analysis revealed “No
      Significant Risk” of harm to human health for vapor samples from e-liquids
      (A-D). In contrast, for tobacco smoke most findings markedly exceeded risk
      limits indicating a condition of “Significant Risk” of harm to human
      health.” ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23033998 )

      The fact that people are saying that the government should
      limit us on our purchase of these products really angers me.”If the Obama
      administration were serious about protecting the public on public health, they
      would immediately move to clamp down on the way e-cigarettes are being
      advertised and apply the same rules that apply to cigarette advertising,”
      Glantz says. (http://www.npr.org/2014/03/03/284006424/e-cigarette-critics-worry-new-ads-will-make-vaping-cool-for-kids
      )

      Why is it okay for the government to limit our choices? Sure stop selling the un healthy cheap E cigs, but don’t punish the people who are trying to quit smoking normal cigarettes by taking away the healthier option.

    • Joe LeBlanc

      Mark, what I think you’re saying is that you’d rather somebody smoke something with over 4,000 chemicals in it than water vapor that has just a handful of chemicals. I’m not saying that I condone the smoking of E-cigs for everyone who wants to try smoking, but if somebody has been smoking for years and can’t function without that nicotine buzz and I have to be around them, I would much rather have them smoking an E-cig than a regular tobacco cigarette. The reason that so many people are upset about the E-cig is that The FDA found a carcinogen in a tiny hand picked sample of refill cartridges. I support E-cigarettes for those who would like to try to quit smoking, or cause less harm to those around them while they’re smoking, not for those who want to just start smoking. I wouldn’t advise trying to smoke for anyone, but if somebody has to smoke around me for mine and their safety I’d much rather it be an electric cigarette.

      http://www.notobacco.net/Blog/the-contents-of-electronic-cigarettes/

    • cannon

      i 100% agree with you buddy we the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brenton Jakeway

    I don’t understand why people are worried about the health
    effects on the user. If you are using the E cig than that is your own choice
    and not anyone else’s. E cigs are a safer alternative for cigarettes and in
    studies “A majority of the participants said the e-cigarette helped them fight
    cravings, cope with withdrawal symptoms, and avoid relapsing on cigarettes.” (http://copd.about.com/od/quittingsmoking/a/E-Cigarettes.htm)

    I understand that “some brands contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals” (http://www.nature.com/news/regulation-stacks-up-for-e-cigarettes-1.13814)
    but that is only some brands. There are brands that are organic and non toxic.
    People smoking those e cigs trying to quit smoking the real thing shouldn’t be
    punished by high taxes and a ton of regulations.

  • ana

    I think E-Cigarettes should be regulated, because even though they are not allowed kids will still buy them. We don’t really know about the health risks of the e-cigarettes.

    • Tonatiuh

      I agree with you kids can get them if they want so we need regulations for them.

      • suavecito

        yes

  • Where Can We Go?

    No, not for adults. I’m weaning away from cigarettes and the e-cig, or vape is very helpful, harms no one else….but is of value to me

    • Kat VanHuis

      i agree. for adults it would be very helpful for anyone who wants to easily stear away from ciggeretts. they are a safer way for not only you but the people around you to smoke. some people dont understand the help thay have. all though E-cigs are addictive its a “better buzz”. makes you fell good with out harming your lungs. my boss is addictited to cigerettes and now has one lung and 6 weeks to live.. sad but true. E-cigsshould be regulated to adult purposs only!
      http://www.licensetovape.com/fda-ecig-regulations-actually-positive-sign-ecig-industry/

  • hey

    I think E-Cigarettes should be regulated, because they can be addictive but they are better then real cigarettes. because they are not bad for your lungs.

  • Valeria

    I think the e cigarettes should not be regulated because if they regulate them younger people are going to get even more addicted because they will want to try a real cigarette.

    • Jake

      They should be regulated so that there are age restrictions!!!!!!

  • Danny Escobar

    I agree with you that E cigarettes can be addictive, but if
    someone is smoking E cigarettes odds are they have been addicted to cigarettes
    already. They should be regulated like a normal cigarette.

    • Renee

      I agree with you totally

  • Nathan Cao

    While E-cigs potentially could be better than commercial cigarettes to regulate, we should wait for more study before releasing and regulating them. We don’t know if there will be harms or other side effects that result from E-cigs. Because of this, I say we should not yet regulate them, but look to in the future, when they are tested and studied.

    • Tristan

      Exactly, while this product is so new to the market no real long term studies can be done to find out how it truly effects your body in relation to actual cigarettes.

  • RobinHood82

    Like regular cigarettes, E-cigarettes should be regulated too because they are not healthy or safe, and we don’t want more youth to become addicted.

    • nancy

      I so agree with you , we don’t have enough research to make sure it’s healthier, nor do we want more people addicted to something new that might be worse than actual cigarettes .

  • Alberto Garcia

    I believe e cigs should be regulated because they can be addictive and can contain toxic chemicals.

  • FresnoRaisin97

    Let’s break this down, shall we? To offer my personal opinion on the matter, I would like to ask the question: really? Have we reached the point at which we want to keep smoking so badly that we are willing to pretend it’s healthy and muscle our way through the FDA? The advertising restrictions mentioned in the first paragraph are in place for a reason. That reason is that America doesn’t want to see people smoking anymore. It’s just kind of embarrassing and foul to look at. All personal ranting aside, I do understand that it is not easy to break an addiction, especially to cigarettes. However, I think that the E-Cigarette is sending a message of giving in to the pleasures of smoking. From what I read, the electronic cigarette also has an addictive nature, which leads me to ask the question: Is this really the best thing for us? I agree with Dr. Tom Frieden. They seem to just be pushing smoking upon another generation. Instead of kids learning that smoking is bad, they will be learning the electronic cigarettes are, “ok” for you and then the whole smoking cycle starts all over again.
    second paragraph has to get its facts straight. Evidence seems too inconclusive to say that e-cigarettes are not harmful. I find that a little sketchy and would be surprised if nobody else did. So to answer the big question: No, the government should absolutely not regulate e-cigarettes. America needs to cut the crap, accept that smoking looks and is pathetic, and move on.

  • Manuel Lopez

    After reading the article and watching the video, I have came to the conclusion that e-cigs should be regulated. There is no long-term studies to back any benefits, therefore they should be regulated until proven safe. It’s better to be safe, than assume and end up dealing with the consequences. E-cigs still contain a drug and should be regulated just like any other tobacco or alcoholic product.

    • Elyssa Bolinger

      I agree with you because i believe that if you are going to quit smoking you shouldn’t be able to rely on something else. alot of kids in my school have started using them. they also discovered a hookah pen…i seriously doubt that a hookah pen is safer than actual hookah so what make people think that e-cigs are? an e-cig is made to seem healthier than smoking. but has anyone really done the research to find that out? no, they believe everything they hear. lets be realistic here. who would want to inhale fake smoke and pretend its the real thing? why not just quit smoking or go back to the real stuff? i found a link that talks a little more about e-cigs…maybe it will answer some of our questions. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/03/28/e-cigarettes-doctor-view-good-bad-and-ugly/

    • Dean

      @manuel i agree with you, the fact that their is no real factual proof, that they are more healthy than regular cigs… for now the age limit should be bumped up to the regular limit of 18 for real cigs

    • Joe

      I agree with you Manuel e-cigs should be regulated until they are proven safe research with benefits that are better than regular cigs.

  • Malcolm

    After reading the article and watching the video, I have came to the conclusion that the e-cigs should be regulated throughout the public. There are no long term studies to back up any benefits to the human body. The e-cigs are just as bad as a regular cigar ,in my opinion.

  • Jake

    Bro the ecig definately needs to be regulated because you got little kids out there in like the 6th grade smoke up there lungs that’s rediculous.

  • Esperanza Ponce

    the E-Cigs should be regulated. E-cigs are either ways bad for any age!!

  • Conner

    I personally thing that the e-cigs should be put through more tests to configure what is in them and if they are harmful to humans before we start regulating them. Those tests should be done by some third-party companies not the government for the reason being the government lies to us about anything stopping them from making a quick buck.

  • Renee

    I believe that we should do way more research on this because we do not know what is in these E-cigs and it could do worse to our bodies than the real cigarrete, and there should be an age limit on this.

  • Dean

    I believe E-cigs should be more regulated, because the idea of young middle school kids using these without, understanding what is in them is frightening… if you think about a 12 year old having the ability to go into a store and get an e-cig with no problem and having the ability to use it for other things besides the nicotine liquid… its rather hard to picture.

  • cannon

    I believe that e cigarettes need to have much more research and if this proves to be more harmful then it needs to be restricted to an older crowd. I myself use them and enjoy but due to the fact that i do not know what are in them it makes me want to stray away.

  • Jonathan

    After reading this article, i think their should be more regulation on the E-cig.

  • JAVIER

    i believe they should be regulated because i cant imagine my little cousins or little sister using an e-cig at such a young age

  • Tonatiuh

    I think we should regulate E-cigs. The fact that kids can get them so easily is breath taking due to the fact that they don’t know what they are in taking.

  • suavecito

    I believe that E-cigs should be regulated due to the fact that an even bigger number of young children are getting a hold of them

  • clara

    E-cigs should be regulated because their’s kids that are in middle school that are using this.We don’t know what they have in it. It might have some chemical that we don’t know that might harm us.

    • Nathan A

      i agree with you

  • Anthony

    I believe that e-cigarettes should be banned until more research is done to observe the negative effects that these may cause if not this then they should at least be putting an age limmit on them because kids should not be becoming addicted to nicotine and not realizing the consequences they may have to deal with in the future

  • Diego

    I disagree with this because the thought of middle school kids smoking is terrifying.Also i would not want my children around that when they are in middle school!

  • cheeseburger eddy

    after reading this article i can say that e sig’s sued have way more studding on them then what they have on it now.

  • Andrew

    I believe e-cigs should be regulated because now young people like middle schoolers are now getting a hold of them and thinking it is “cool” for them to smoke at school. They believe that the e-cigs pose no harm when in reality we do not know enough to prove this. With more research, I believe we will find out that they are harmful and for adolescents to be smoking these at such a young age is ridiculous. E-cigs need to be regulated.

  • Joe

    I strongly agree with the solution of regulating e-cigs because e-cigs are seeping into high schools and deeper into middle schools and its not cool. I also will agree with more research should be found with the effects of e-cigs.

    • suavecito

      yes.

  • Martha

    I believe that E-cigarettes should be researched more so we could know what the chemicals are in the E-cigarettes.

  • lexy

    i believe E-cigs should be more researched more.

  • Tristan

    After reading this article and watching the video. It is my understanding that E-cigs can and do present today’s youth with an easy to obtain unregulated gateway vehicle to cigarettes. Thus creating a national problem for the future health of a generation.

  • nancy

    I strongly believe that E-cigs should be regulated because we actually don’t know for a fact about it being safer than actual cigarettes .

  • H3ATH3R

    E-Cigs should be regulated because now an days its even easy for 3 year old babies to use them and just in general its all bad.

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  • Kaylen B.

    yes, because e cigarettes are becoming a problem. I know e cigarettes are suppose to be a help to people who are actually addicted to cigarettes and are trying to stop smoking, but it also created another drug for those who are under age or never had an addiction to begin with.

    • Juan G

      i disagree because v pens are better alternatives to hard drugs like cocaine

  • Kaylen B.

    I think e cigarettes are just as much a problem as average cigarettes, I think that they should raise the age limit on the e cigarettes because 18 is not mature enough in my book

  • Stephan G.

    Yes, because E-Cigs are a problem. But even if they did people still wouldn’t care and they would do what they would need to to get a drug or E-Cigs. But yes something should be done to try and stop this all.

  • Juan G

    no because vapes are a better alternative than marawwana or cocane when i was in 6th grade everyone was smoking weed and now in the new generation its about a new better less costly alternative, i have a friend in 7th grade that would buy vape pens with 500 puffs for $5 and sell it for $15 and everyone would buy from him.

    • Kaylen B.

      nice story and i respect your opinion

  • nick

    i think e cigarettes may be as harmful to your body as traditional cigarettes, but as of right now we don’t know. I have never heard of someone dying from it so i think we need more research on it. But as of right now i think we should just let people do as they want i mean it is their life and we need to respect that

  • RigoF

    They should find out what E-cigs have in them and find out if they are safer then regular cigarettes but in my opinion it’s not a big deal it is there choice to do it and there is not really a danger of smoking E-cigs because there isn’t reports that people died from them or anything else bad.

    • nick

      hey dude well i respect this opinion but you kinda copied mine a little bit.
      still good stuff!

      • RigoF

        that is funny cause i posted my comment before you but whatever floats your boat!

        • nick

          ahahahahahhaha look at the times junebug

    • Armando A

      i believe yours was very accurate because people will always find a way to get these e-cigs because they are not harmful they are water or vapor.

  • Veanna P.

    E-cigs should be regulated. People do not know what is in the oils and that is what’s actually hurting the person. If people knew that some put very bad things in the oil they would definitely not like it and would not buy them. People are just not so informed and they think it is just like pure water. We deserve the right to know exactly what is in the oils of the e-cigs and with that it could possibly change the youths ways.

  • Savannah

    I think that e-cigarettes should be regulated a lot more but I don’t think that would help that much because there still are ways to get it, kind of like with alcohol even though they are raising the age of legal drinking that is going to get juveniles more anxious to get the substance. I feel that its important to regulate it because we don’t know much of the risks and effects of it so we should be cautious.

    • Trinity H.

      I agree Savannah.

  • Maritza

    E-Cigs should be regulated like tobacco. People are abusing the use of E-Cigs. E-Cigs were invented for people who are addicted to smoking not for kids who want to smoke an E-Cig to be cool and rebel. E-Cigs should be tested on more because people who smoke E-Cigs should know about the effects of them.

  • Oscar P P

    The FDA should put on some pants and regulate them very strictly so that only 18 and over people and they should make sure who walks in every smoke shop store and who is the seller in the smoke shop store. Now the FDA should regulate the epens or the vape pens very strictly that there could only be nontoxic oils and chemicals in there, till then they should stop production or get a prescription for it only if they are in rehab or trying to stop smoking, otherwise they shouldn’t sell it

    • Natalie A.

      I agree with you but, even if they change the age limit, younger kids will still find a way to buy it.

      • Oscar P P

        Yes that is very true

  • Omar P

    Yes E-cigarettes should be regulated because they are gonna cause addiction and possibly damage. So until we do further research we need to regulate it just like cigarettes because they are targeting kids with putting flavors and color.

    • brandon m

      i agree because we don’t know the effects of this drug , but if we regulate it kids will still find a way to get it because there that addicted .

  • Oscar V.

    I believe that the whole argument with E-Cig’s is something that cant be fixed with age due to the fact that there are many ways to get your hands onto something like this. I believe they should regulate this electronic cigarettes. Anyone can just get there hands on these E-Cig’s and its amazing how they target kids with flavors and colorful packaging. In the long run kids will always be able to get these its all up to the underage person to make the decision whether they want to take the risk or not. We cant really blame it on the E-Cig.

    • Lucia L.

      I respect your decision and agree with what your saying about how its up to them to take the risk or not. But the E-cigs are also to blame not just the kids

  • Natalee

    Electric cigarettes should be regulated in my opinion. They should be regulated because we still don’t know exactly what dangerous things could be inside the e- cigarettes. I feel that more research should be done and that they should only be given to people who truly need it. Even if we do try to regulate them it wont stop younger people from using them.

  • Morgan M.

    E-Cigs should be regulated and researched more to see if these things could possibly kill you considering people now know how to make their own flavors and who knows what they’re putting into these, but also telling the public that these are bad will only make a child or teenager want it more just so that they can rebel against people telling you not to do it.

    • lexi

      i agree with what you said we dont know what else could be in the vapor pen.

  • Lucia L.

    After reading and watching this video. I believe we should restrict children from buying the E-cigs by passing a law that only allows people with prescriptions to buy it.

    • Oscar P P

      Yes, you are totally correct and I agree with you

    • Oscar V.

      I disagree with what your saying, any underage person can ask a adult or prescribed person to buy the cigarettes. A law put onto E-Cigs doesn’t really stop the purchase of cigarettes, it only makes it slightly more difficult. I understand what your saying and agree but with all do respect this will make no difference.

  • Christian G.

    I think that electronic cigarettes should be more researched more. After we all know what is in them then we should judge. Age restriction doesn’t stop children from buying them so the age restriction shouldn’t be the main concern. Tobacco products are still the killers and that is what these products are for, to stop cigarette addiction.

  • Ernesto F

    Vape pens should be regulated in the same way as traditional tobacco products because young student in high school can easily get there hands on these products. Kids see these things as if useing it will make you look cooler or be cool. Some just try to fit in but really you are just messing up your brain . E-cigarettes should be banned until more research is done . We would want to know more if kids are using these and not affecting our body.

    • Maritza

      I strongly agree with your opinion. I think kids are being ridiculous for smoking E-cigs for no apparent reason and they should be banned until more research has been done

  • Holli

    I think we should regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco because there’s still tobacco in it so it is harmful to people. Sure it better then regular cigarettes but what else is in there that we don’t know about. What if there was battery acid in it. Its still unlikely that its in it but it could be. I also think they should raise the e-cigarettes age limit because people don’t need to be using V pens at 18. I think they really need to regulate the V pens.

    • Natalee

      I agree with what you said regarding E-Cigarettes.

  • Fernanda

    I think E-cigs should be regulated because we don’t know for sure if these are “safe” versions of traditional cigarette that teenagers and children should be inhaling this as if they are a toy cigarette or for fun. Especially since there is a huge number of young people getting their hands on E-cigs.

  • brandon m

    Yes E Cigarettes should be regulated . One suggestion in my opinion is the prices should be risen on all products like cigarettes and E Cigarettes drastically so it will discourage teens from purchasing it. Another suggestion is to eliminate the flavors and smell of this so little kids wont be tempted to try it because it smells good .

    • Omar P

      This is a good point the flavors and smell attract a lot of children this should be eliminated and raising the price is a good idea because less kids will be able to get it.

    • Morgan M.

      I completely agree with raising the prices because I believe it will discourage teens to continuously buy them but i’m not quite sure you can completely eliminate flavors considering how many people make their own flavorings

    • harrison

      E-cigs are good for, the may not be healthy but they’re better than normal cigs. Teens know people to still get them the cigs.

  • Natalie A.

    I think that the e-cigarette and regular cigarettes have the same amount of nicotine. Even thought the e-cigarettes may be as harmful as a regular cigarette its their choice to chose what they want to do with their life and we cant do anything to stop what the youth does with their life.

    • David H.

      I agree with you, people should get to chose what they want to do.

  • lexi

    I think that vapor pens should be regulated and not be given to kids of 18 years of age, but kids in high school would still be able to get it. If they raise the age limit I think it would just make minors more anxious to drink. Kids should think about their actions before doing them.

    • Holli

      I think your right about everything you said

    • Savannah

      I agree with you completely, but you are very indecisive with your opinion I feel you should add more detail.

  • harrison

    People should take care care of there own bodies. The ones who don’t have common sense shouldn’t live( natural selection ). If all the people who don’t care about health and common sense are “gone”. Then what’s left is the people who are worthy to live. Laxative is a great substitute for Gatorade.

    • Christian G.

      You wrote 2 cares

    • Lucia L.

      preach it man i respect your response.

  • Nathan A

    I feel like honestly its a personal choice, a decision that you choose for your lifestyle. Age limit or not, any substance that damages your body, people will do what they want and what they feel is best for there situation but as long as this is a topic being talked about in school and the people have the proper education to know how it affects your body negatively and still choose to do it they shouldn’t be critisized to be held to societys standard

    • Maritza

      I strongly agree with you, people will do what they want because its they life style they live

  • Armando A

    I believe that vapor pens or e-cigs are not harmful because they are heated up water and or vapor that have flavors what is vapor going to do last time i checked water is good for you no. so if someone wants to smoke vapor they should.

    • RigoF

      I agree with your opinion because they are not harmful because they are heated up water and water is not bad for you.

    • Holli

      What other thing could be put in there that there not testing for. They could have put poison or something else like that in there. It will not be safe till the FDA in involved.

      • Kaylen B.

        I agree with holli because we dont know exactly whats in them.

    • Veanna P.

      I do not agree with you. You do not know what they have in it and so far they have said that some do have nicotine. So no its not just pure water with a flavor.

    • Fernanda

      I respect your opinion but I disagree with you because they are not in full research and say they are safe and who knows what these E-cigs contain.

    • Citlally

      I do not agree with you because you never know if these E-Cig companies are lying to you about what they put in them and some E-Cigs do have nicotine.

  • Trinity H.

    E-Cigs, shouldn’t even exist. They’re just as much of a problem along with regular cigarettes, they contain the same nicotine, and formaldehyde which by the way is a preservative they use on dead bodies. Last year, I learned all about the dangers of alcoholism and narcotics- In 1945, the youngest illegal drinking was 17. Nowadays it’s 11! How sad is that?! Kids are getting a hold of these E-Cigs every single day and they take them to school. Teens are getting a hold of these through friends, other adolescents, and sadly-parents. The parents that allow these kids to use these items are irresponsible. Parents that buy there kids e-cigs, vapor pens, whatever else-are irresponsible. What people need to realize now, is that, teens are dropping out of school because they’re either drug addicts, addicted to alcohol, or don’t want to deal with it anymore. It is more common that a teen with a drug and alcohol problem experiences being dropped out of school. E-Cigs, also (along with other drugs) are getting there taxes raised so that addicts are spending money on something that can kill them. Think of it this way- teens and kids that spend money on narcotics and drugs, are shortening their life span. E-Cigs are used by people that are trying to get over a smoking addiction. And that’s fine because that’s the purpose of this item. But the majority of people buying, selling, or trading these things; they’re just doing it because they want to. I think that E-Cigs should become prescribed and ONLY used by the patient who TRULY needs it. Hopefully someday adults, adolescents, and kids learn the negative effects of these types of drugs.

    • Christian G.

      I dissagree because E-Cigs do tend to help people who are addicted to cigarettes.

  • Citlally

    I believe that the government should regulate E-Cigs because now a days people use them more than an actual cigarette. Kids are using them at a young age for fun. We really don’t know what these E-Cigs have in them that can cause us more harm.

    • Stephan G.

      Good!

      • nick

        good!

  • David V.

    I believe that even if E-cigs were regulated like cigarettes are it would not stop people from buying and smoking them. The younger people can just go and ask there parents or older people to buy the E-cigs for them. People can do whatever they want its their own life.

    • Ernesto F

      I strongly go with your opnion people wont stop buying these.

    • Jacob Q

      I strongly agree

  • Jacob Q

    There is really not much people can do because it is so addictive, that people will do anything to get it. They should be regulated but that is not going to help because someone will find a way to break the system and get it under aged.

    • Conrad N.

      The people who sell the product can take a few seconds to card them.

  • Taylor D.

    I don’t think it really matters because even if it is regulated kids will find some way to get it.

    • Julia F*

      I agree with Taylor because what she speaks of is true.

  • Cristopher R.

    I believe the restriction and regulation should be the same as cigarettes. The only difference between conventional cigarettes and e-cigs is the technology that provides a false claim for being a “healthy alternative” yet some people still believe it is less harmful and not as regulated as it should be.

    • Kimberly D

      i agree with u because there is a lot of ways that teens can all of a sudden become unheathy

  • Liliana D.

    Electric cigarettes should be regulated in my opinion. They should be regulated because we don’t exactly know about what the e-cigarette has in it that harms our body. I think scientists should do more research about it and see if it’ll work with other people who actually need it. But it won’t stop underage kids from getting them anyways or get a hold of them.

    • Glenda A.

      I agree with you on kids still getting them because, kids can access stuff very quick and easy.

  • Oscar D

    They could regulate and try changing the age restriction but at the end of the day kids will still find ways to get these e-cigs. But in my opinion it is just a phase in society and it’ll go away soon enough.

    • Julia F*

      heyyyy

    • Irieanna M

      I agree with your opinion because if they did kids will do whatever they can to get them.

  • Irieanna M

    I don’t see a harm with them but if they are finding chemicals it can be harmful to people but then again it depends on the person and how they feel about that. If it was regulated kids will still find a way to get them so in my opinion it really doesn’t matter.

  • Julia F*

    No one is going to stop people from buying e-cigs. Honestly people will always find a way to get what they want. #bye

    • Jennifer M.

      I completely agree with you. Its true no matter what people are still going to get them.

  • Diana R

    Even if we change the age limit or if we regulate it, it honestly won’t stop teens and adults from buying them. It’s a lifestyle for many people. It’s a way they choose to live their lives. Those who are well aware of knowing the risks of cigarettes and E-Cigs still don’t care. It doesn’t stop them from smoking. My point is that even if you change the age limit or regulate it, your’e pretty much wasting your time because there are a lot of ways for teens and adults to get these things easily.

    • Cristopher R.

      I agree with your opinion on the fact that teens will still have access to vape pens regardless of age limitation.

    • David H.

      I agree with Diana, by changing the age limit kids would still do anything to get the product they want.

    • Sara R.

      I strongly agree with you my friend, Diana because so many teens can get these devices from any other peeps of an unlimited age zone.

    • Caitlyn W.

      I completely agree with you because people have a way of getting things that they want.

  • David H.

    Well i believe that e-cigs are not that dangerous. Its like water being boiled. Kids will still do anything to do to get what they want. Some people try to make a law that kids have to be 18 years old to get cigs. They could have their parents or older brothers or sisters. They would not stop until they get whatever they want.

  • Conrad N.

    I think that the age resection should stay the same, but more businesses that sell any type of smoking utensil should card every one who wants to perches one.

    • Phoebe

      who want to purchase one*

      • Conrad N.

        aw

        • Phoebe

          restriction*

      • Kimberly D

        teens are sneaky we have out ways of getting things that we want

    • Jacob Q

      purchase*

    • Jacob Q

      For a person that means business, you really need to check your posts for any grammatical mistakes.

      • Conrad N.

        And you should take the realization that, no one likes a grimmer Nazi

        • Diana R

          Grammar*

    • Julia F*

      Agreed.

    • Bailey R.

      To be honest Conrad, that picture kinda looks like you. Just saying.

      • Phoebe

        He isn’t that pale though.

    • Manuel.V

      I agree but the people under 18 can pay someone over 18 and then carding someone wont really matter

    • Jennifer M.

      is that you conrad?

    • David H.

      grammer*

  • Katelyn C.

    I believe that E-Cigs are harmful but its their body and they have the right to do what they want with their body but even if they were regulated it wouldnt stop teenagers from buying them and smoking them. Keep the the age restriction and what not but either way it wont stop.

    • Alijah M.

      I agree on your opinion that if they were regulated that wouldn’t stop teenagers from buying them.

  • Madyson N

    I believe that if we were to regulate electronic cigarettes it wouldn’t stop people from buying them or teen somehow getting their fingers on it. I believe that they should regulate them because teens and adults are starting to smoke them more often. We do not know what is in the liquid they use.

    • Katie D.

      I strongly agree with you because no matter what we do kids still will most likely be able to get ahold of one.

    • Sara R.

      I so strongly agree with you my friend, Madyson because there’s alot of teens that do not know what the company is using for the vapor and or liquid that the peeps put in them.

  • Phoebe

    I believe that that people, in general, are gullible and will believe what you tell them if you are confident and sound smart enough. We need to have more research done and have information readily available on what the results of these studies are. My personal opinion is that we are going to find out that e-cigarettes are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes, and we should restrict the use to prescription-based only.

  • Kimberly D

    well vapes are water vapor thats all it is but we are not old enouph to use. athletics are droping drasticly because the players are smoking and when they do that they make thier lungs grow smaller and then thier athletic dream or what ever u wanna call it its gone. smoking weed and vapes may seem cool because u can do the smoke tricks and much more but u can really mess up your life. basicly what ever you inheale in to your lungs will harm u. parents are not realiznig that the siblings are hanging out alot more and then the parents yell at the younger sibling because they think the younger ones get in to it on thier own but its the influence of the older sibling.

    • Kimberly D

      we are sneaky

  • Emily V

    If they change the age or leave it how it is to buy E-cigs it wouldn’t matter because people are still going to buy them. Younger people are just going to find a way to get them like asking a stranger,older siblings, or older friends.

    • Jahaira

      I agree.

      • Brianna V.

        I also agree with Emily.

    • Diana R

      I agree with your response Emily.

  • Jahaira

    This generation has more access to stuff then any other. This generation is breaking the traditions of their families.Also, people who have a Market or something they don’t care about you they just care about selling ,I think that’s why so many teenagers have access to E-cigarettes.

    • Kayla C.

      I agree with you

  • Glenda A.

    I feel that if the E-cigarettes are regulated it won’t make a difference with the under aged people getting them. They can still have access to them and have older people get those for them. Although they’re not that bad I think they shouldn’t use them if they weren’t addicted to cigarettes before because, there’s no point for it.

    • Liliana D.

      I agree with you. Little kids wanting to be cool and stuff.

    • Brianna V.

      I agree with this.

  • Sara R.

    I think E-Cig’s should be regulated because parents do not know if these devices are safe or not or even harmful to their children’s life’s and health because they do not know what chemicals that the children are inhaling from these devices. Plus the companies of these devices might be lying to you about what they “Have” in the devices such as like nicotine, tobacco, etc. I do agree with the age regulation, which is 18, because people can get to make their own decisions of doing stuff but they have consequences for their decisions that can be wrong like smoking and doing bad things.

    • Caitlyn W.

      I agree with you Sara when the person is 18 and over then they can use these E-Cigs if they want. And if the person is under 18 then the parents regulate and have their children not use them at all, and have smoke shops card all people.

  • Katie D.

    I believe that E-cigs are similar to cigarettes but just a little bit healthier than regular cigarettes, we don’t necessarily know whats in E-cigs. Most kids theses days that use them don’t know anything about them they just do it because everyone around them do it and they think they’re cool when really they just look really stupid. I think instead of you just having to be 18 to be able to buy one they should be put behind the counter for medical reasons only such as for adults who want to stop smoking (etc.), not just for the kids who want to be cool; because even if they change the age of being able to buy them kids still find a way to get them either there parents, family members, or just strangers so if they were to be put behind the counter it would be much more harder to get them.

    • Madyson N

      I agree with your opinion and that kids do try it because it looks fun or that they want to look cool.

    • alexa c.

      I strongly agree with your opinion.

  • Jennifer M.

    The age restriction could still stay the same but that’s not going to stop teens from getting them and smoking e-cigs. Some people who think they know it all think that there is going to be no harm to them but honestly you don’t really know what’s in them. So no matter what tens are still going to get them.

  • Anissa R.

    I think that e-cigs being regulated would not change the fact that people use them. Like cigarettes for example, people know what are in them and they know how then can harm but they do it anyways. There isn’t anything that would stop people from getting e-cigs especially because of all the advertisement not only in stores or on signs but from other people, friends or family members.Us as teenagers will do what we can to get what we want, as you notice the age limit does not matter to the kids who know they can get their hands on it anyways.

  • Manuel.V

    I think E-Cigs aren’t bad for people who are trying to over come their addiction of regular cigarettes but when you got people doing it for fun is were it should stop.The brightest way to stop it is to card people.Yet again that might not help because kids can get someone who is older than 18.So really we cant rely on one individual person but everyone needs to help.If you know it isn’t good for you just don’t do it.The major reason for kids doing it is older people doing it for fun.Not because they need it because they think its cool.Also another reason is the way people represent them they do tricks and post videos o f them doing it.Everyone one a the technology to have a social media and see it.All i’m saying is it take everyone to stop it not a single person we all need to speak out and say something.

    • Kimberly D

      i agree with u MAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Julia F*

      For reals.

    • Bailey R.

      Yeah, very true.

  • Caitlyn W.

    I think that E-Cigs should be sold to people trying to quit smoking combustion cigarettes, it blows my mind that young children are using these because the think it’s “cool”. I think even if there were regulations the person would find a way to get what they want. In my opinion I think people think that these are better than regular cigarettes because they are gullible and have heard misleading infornmation. I hope one day that there can be a solution to this problem.

  • alexa c.

    The age restriction should be the same but honestly it doesn’t make a difference because if a kid really wants something their going to find away to get it. If you chose to use the e-cigs that’s your personal decision. I also think e-cigs should be regulated because we don’t know for sure what’s in them but people don’t care they do what they want to do.

  • Alijah M.

    I believe that E-cigs are not harmful. E-cigs should be regulated because they help people who actually need help on quitting smoking. I think that they should do more research into it though.

    • Katelyn C.

      I disagree with you because E-cigs could be harmful because you never know what could actually be in the product.

  • Melanie N.

    The FDA should regulate “E-Cigs” so people know what they are inhaling. The downside is that even if they do regulate it, it wouldn’t really matter because people would still smoke them no matter what is in it. Even if it is restricted, smoke shops wouldn’t card teens because the stores are still going to get money either way and teens would do whatever it takes to get whatever it is they want.

  • Bailey R.

    I believe that smoking ‘e-cigarettes’ or ‘hookah-pens’ is ridiculous. I have been against smoking from like, age 5 and now that people have found another “safe” excuse for smoking, I think that it’s utter garbage, I mean, come on, really? I think that electronic cigarettes should be given to doctors and that you need a prescription to even get your hands on them. Those “e-cigs” were created so that people could get their nicotine fix without having major with-drawls and they wouldn’t be bugging people and being causers of second hand smoking.

  • Shannon H

    I think that it should be regulated the same way because younger children are getting a hold of them and thinking that its ok to use because of what people say… I think that doctors could be the only ones to give it away as a prescription but either way, people under age are still gonna be able to use because of the people they know.

  • Victoria P.

    I honestly believe that it does not really even matter because either way young people could get a hold of E-cigs . The fact they advertise E-cigs to be more healthy then normal cigarettes witch is making kids more eager to get a hold of them.

    • Jennifer S.

      I agree with you opinion.

  • Natasha.A

    E-cigarettes should be regulated the same way as traditional tobacco. I think that because it can cause just as much damage as “traditional tobacco” additionally it was shown in studies so i do think it should be regulated, see to it, and monitored.

  • Brianna V.

    I believe that if E-cigs were regulated it wouldn’t stop kids and people underage from buying it because they can easily ask other people over age to get it for them like they do now.so i don’t think it would make a diffrence if they regulate it

    • Emily V

      I agree with this because it’s true younger people will just find a way to get E-cigs.

    • Natasha.A

      well any chance taken can be benefited when it comes to this topic i do think it will make a different

  • Kayla C.

    E cigarettes should be regulated just like how tobacco and regular cigarettes because e cigarettes are the exact same harming the the body and health issues too. Cigarettes aren’t electronical like e cigarettes but they have the same things one has more bad things in them and if people want to use them they need to put what they have inside them.

  • kayleeo

    Honestly i think that even if we did regulate e-cigarette the same way as regular cigarettes it wouldn’t make a difference. Kids always find a way to get what they want so there’s really no point on trying to regulate it the same way as a regular cigarette.

    • Shannon H

      I agree completely..

    • Karolina R

      Agreed.

  • Karolina R

    I think the age restriction does not really matter because underage people can still get a hold of them, either way, people will not stop buying these just like real cigarettes. E- cigs are not harmful because its vapor, if it does not harm you there’s not really a reason to make a big deal out of this. If junior high kids or younger are getting these then it is no ones fault but the parents. People can do what they want with their lives.

  • Jennifer S.

    I feel that even if we regulate on cigarettes nothing would change because people help others get these items. It may be more of a struggle to purchase but for the most part I think we should still try to raise the awareness what’s in the E-cigarettes because they may not be as harmful as tobacco cigarettes but still do similar damage.

  • Pricila V.

    I believe that it’s the persons decision if they want to smoke E-Cigs or not. Even if they do regulate them, younger people will still find a way to get their hands on them.

  • Catherine F.

    E-cigarettes should be regulated because there are STILL harmful components within it that can potentially cause harm. If they are not consumed responsibly, it can also lead to addiction and negatively impact a lifestyle.