Protect Children and Regulate E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are tobacco-free, but they contain liquid nicotine in many flavors that can be appealing to young children.

E-cigarettes are tobacco-free, but they contain liquid nicotine in many flavors that can be appealing to young children.

It’s time for California to regulate e-cigarettes. Liquid nicotine is poisonous and can be toxic if ingested.

Last year, the number of calls to the California poison control center involving e-cigarettes exposure in toddlers and preschoolers tripled. And since not all poisonings get reported, according to the CDC, this figure is likely higher.

E-cigarettes come in bright colors and flavors like chocolate or strawberry. The products are appealing to young children, who may ingest them, and older children, who may begin using with them. New research shows that teens who vape are more likely to try smoking regular cigarettes.

A 2013 survey found that 6% of California 7th graders, 12% of 9th graders, and 14% of 11th graders reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. That data was from two years ago. It’s estimated now that e-cigarette consumption could surpass traditional cigarettes within ten years. Even more troubling is new research that shows teens who vape are more likely to try smoking regular cigarettes.

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