I'm responding to a recent article that I found interesting. It has been brought to my attention that a lot of young people are experimenting with these new electronic cigarettes, called "e-cigs" (Aug. 23, "Our View: "Have state regulate e-cigs" and Sept. 3 letter, "Legislators, leave e-cigs alone"). Some are concerned that these new e-cigs are attracting more kids to the idea of smoking, especially high school students. However, some argue that these e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to the "old-fashioned smokes" due to their non-toxic qualities.
My major concern is that the e-cigs might get kids addicted to smoking at a younger age. These new e-cigs contain nicotine and sometimes offer flavors like mint and chocolate. I feel like they are advertising smoking like it's candy, using these new and improved cigarettes to entice the younger crowd.
Like some of the health officials, I am concerned that they will "re-ignite teen cigarette use." Although the dangers of these cigarettes are not clear, they are still not FDA approved and some members of society are pushing to get them banned. I believe these electronic cigarettes are going to increase the smoking rate of teenagers, getting them addicted sooner and possibly encouraging them to experiment with other and more dangerous drugs.