In early May 2016, the US government banned the sale of cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 years.
E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that vaporize a fluid, typically including nicotine and a flavour component. Using them is called “vaping”. They were invented to help smokers kick the habit and to eliminate the polluting effects of second-hand cigarette smoke.
The e-cigarette industry – which includes e-cigarettes (ranging in flavour from bacon to bubblegum), vapours, personal vaporisers and tanks – is said to be worth US$3.4 billion because it has escaped federal regulation. In 2016 alone, it will realise about US$4.1 billion in sales. Now, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is acting on two years of research that reveals that teens are not only vaping in excess, but are also using e-cigarettes to smoke pot. Moreover, there is no evidence that vaping helps smokers to quit.
With reference to product production, the FDA says it will require companies to submit e-cigarettes and other newer tobacco products for government approval, provide it with a list of their ingredients and place health warnings on packages and in advertisements. With regard to users, the FDA requires that point-of-sale locations demand age verification by photo identification. E-cigarettes will also be banned from vending machines, except in adults-only locations.
Smoking marijuana has meanwhile been legalised in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska and decriminalised in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (limited), Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, located in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a public statement at the end of 2015 that its annual government survey of drug, alcohol and tobacco use revealed that for the first time since the survey was first conducted in 1975, daily marijuana use has eclipsed smoking cigarettes among school children.
Category: Spring 2016