(NaturalNews) Many smokers brag that they use or used electronic cigarettes, or "e-cigs," to get off of commercial cigarettes, even though they were never designed with that in mind; however, it's that mentality that has children picking up the habit, thinking they'll never "upgrade" to the heavy-duty "cancer sticks," but they may have a rude awakening coming according to a new report.
Eleven Democratic members of Congress profess that the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to children should be banned, including flavors that appeal to minors like "Cherry Crush," and "Chocolate Treat." This marketing is like selling soda, chocolate milk and sugary cereals, except in this case it's the marketing of the third-most addictive drug on the planet, running a close race with cocaine and heroin. Nicotine can destroy the liver, but you won't see that on the disclaimers, because there aren't any. E-cigs do not contain tobacco, so the FDA has been caught in a catch-22 trying to regulate them, if they care anyway. There is a lot of money in e-cigs, as sales have doubled and nearly tripled in just the past three years. Now, rock concerts and music festivals and their sponsorships employ marketing strategies that target kids, just like Big Tobacco did with Joe Camel and the ultra-cool "Marlboro Man," who died from lung cancer himself. Some say Joe Camel was a phallic symbol, but that's just speculation.
Horrifying statistics for nicotine abuse by minors
MarketWatch reported, "Between 2011 and 2012, e-cigarette use nearly doubled from 0.6% to 1.1% among middle school students and from 1.5% to 2.8% among high school students, a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Federal laws prohibit traditional cigarettes from being marketed to people under 18 years old, but there are no federal limits for e-cigarette makers. Roughly 28 states prohibit their sale to minors, and legislation is pending in several others." (http://www.marketwatch.com)
No, there are no child warning labels for e-cigarettes, but there are more and more calls to poison centers with health incidents thanks to e-cigs, according to the CDC report released earlier this month. Maybe they should take the word "prevention" out of their name, since they're not doing much there. Can the U.S. government regulatory agencies do their main job and regulate liquid nicotine sales to minors, or is that too much to ask? Somebody should ask Tom Frieden that question, as he is the current CDC director.
Children using vaporizing nicotine could remain addicts for life
The American Lung Association says they're "very concerned" with the increase in e-cig use among children. Big Tobacco's playbook is being used here, to target youth and get them to be addicts for life, whether to those nifty little vaporizers that look like crack pipes or to those handy-dandy cancer sticks for sale at every convenient store, grocery store and pharmacy in America (except for CVS of course). (http://www.naturalnews.com)
Will the "vapor products industry" step up and regulate the sale of e-cigs to minors, or will they increase marketing efforts? Maybe they'll just wait for the U.S. government to step in and regulate (which means steal some profits and add some dumb scary picture label). Oh, and they'll rage and say that some e-cigs don't contain nicotine, and that's true, and I'm sure the kids will only seek those out, knowing how dangerous liquid nicotine can be, since it's NOT listed in D.A.R.E. program literature or rightfully scrutinized on TV.
A new device is getting a new public health warning. The Tennessee Department of Health issued a health advisory Tuesday on electronic cigarettes.
The warning cites a lack of scientific information and health data on the impact and risk e-cigarettes pose. The Health Department is also worried there is no regulation on the growing trend.
They say nicotine is a highly addictive chemical which can be toxic, and that emissions from e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other chemicals such as formaldehyde, propylene glycol, acetaldehyde, acrolein and tobacco-specific nitrosamines.
They ask parents keep children away from e-cigarettes and its flavors like bubblegum, chocolate, and mint. (http://www.wbir.com)
Do you want to taste different flavors of nicotine and eliminate the other 6,999 chemicals in cigarettes? (http://www.lung.org) Just start smoking (vaporizing) liquid nicotine and you can brag that you are only "using" the third-most addictive drug in the world, but that you don't smoke cigarettes! Wow, what an accomplishment. By the way, many cartridges for electronic cigarettes are labeled "no nicotine" and still contain nicotine. It's a quality control issue that may never go away. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
Are e-cigs the real "gateway" drug for kids that will lead them right to commercial cigarettes, and then other heavy drugs? Don't ask an e-cig user that question. Quick, tell the kids and grandkids that Big Tobacco doesn't have a hold on YOU! You can't live without your liver, you know. Let's keep the "live" in liver and stay clear of electronic cigarettes or any other efficient nicotine delivery device! Just say "no" to drugs and "yes" to superfoods and be on your way. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
You and your kids can escape the nicotine prison. Find out how to do it without the use of medication. There is a natural method recommended by the Health Ranger, Mike Adams. (http://www.14andout.com)