Before reading on, ask yourself this...Why do you think teens and young adults are vaping?
If you can't think of any reasons, do you think flavors could be a factor? What about outside influences from friends and family members? Maybe because its "cool", safe?, fun?, smells and tastes good, because they are addicted, influenced by celebrities and role models, its cheap, trendy, easily accessible, helps relax them and fit in?
All these answers would be correct.
Now, let me ask you this, "If I were to ask you why people started smoking regular cigarettes, what might be some of your reasons? Are they the same reasons why teens are vaping? Is it history repeating itself?"
There were over 15,000 e-cigarette flavors on the market including dessert, fruit, candy, mint and other flavors. The only reason I say "were" is because the state of New Jersey banned the sale of flavored vaping products in January of 2020. This did not include menthol and tobacco-flavored products. Before this ban teens were being enticed by all these flavors and in turn producing an addiction to the nicotine hidden inside, which we will address in a later post. These enticing flavors were targeting our youth to purchase. Matter of fact, they still are. Although the ban on flavors was enacted in 2020, stores are still selling these leftover products if they still have them in stock.
Teens are being influenced by the lack of regulation, marketing, celebrity endorsement, and more!
Check back in on Monday for a breakdown on how big tobacco is targeting our youth!
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