Teenagers using e-cigarettes is not something anyone wants to see but the situation, particularly in the US, is laughable. Huge amounts of media pieces demonising vape flavours and packaging drown out all the public health news: Smoking rates are massively down, they’re dropping fastest among younger people - and they seem to have a better take on vaping vs. smoking.
So... how come a Gallup report found that almost half of older people believe that vaping is “very harmful to health,” in contrast to only 22 percent of adults under 30. Another poll in the US found that almost half of adults think that vaping is as bad as smoking.
It's because of rubbish like this from Tonic (Vice) which manages to pick all of the reports in the US that did stuff like burn coils at 400w to get metal in the vapour and so on. Not one of the above reports were mentioned at all. The guy (and that site overall) have a huge anti-vaping agenda and should be called to account.
As the evidence that vaping isn't really that harmful - and is definitely a lot better than smoking, people have started with the "Think of the children!" approach. It's working to the extent that, in the US, they are trying to ban flavours. Just search for "vaping flavours appeal to kids". What is ridiculous about this is that if the same approach was taken to alcohol then there would be no flavoured vodkas, beers, ciders etc. Just because kids like stuff that adults like doesn't mean you should ban them. Advertising, on the other hand, that is designed to target kids specifically should be regulated.
Rant over! And try to stop smoking this October!