Now is the time to outlaw underage vaping!
Underage vaping is at crisis levels
- More than half of all high school students nationwide have vaped
- Nearly 18% of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students report vaping marijuana
- Almost half of high school students who vaped said they vape at least 20 days a month, and nearly a third said they vape every day
- We are increasingly seeing children as young and 7- and 8-years-old vaping
Vaping is dangerous
- Vaping greatly increases the chance of nicotine addiction among underage users
- A single nicotine cartridge delivers as much nicotine as an entire package of cigarettes
- Vaping THC is increasingly the norm, and, just as with nicotine, vapers receive a highly potent and concentrated form that is much stronger than a traditional marijuana joint or bong would provide (e.g., 80% THC with a vaping device vs. 5-20% THC with dry marijuana)
- Doctors are reporting serious health issues stemming from underage vaping, including the need for lung transplants in teenagers
Now is the time to outlaw underage vaping
- We’re asking Congress to pass legislation making it illegal for persons under the age of 19 to vape or to be in possession of vaping devices
- Minors cannot legally smoke tobacco, drink alcohol, or be in possession of alcoholic beverages nor should they be able to be in possession of vaping devices
The Problem: Underage Vaping is at Crisis Levels
- The FDA is Overwhelmed: Vaping devices and products are evolving faster than the FDA can manage–along with loopholes and new products that allow manufacturers and sellers to evade regulations as fast as they are enacted.
- Vaping is Taxing Our Resources: Neither school officials nor law enforcement have the adequate resources to discipline youth offenders. This has resulted in inconsistent consequences leading to highly addicted children who can become both distracted and disruptive in the classroom.
- Marketing to Kids: The tobacco industry is heavily invested in the vaping industry, giving it the resources needed to evolve and evade regulators. Vape products are marketed to youth through brand ambassadors, partnerships, and other campaigns on social media. With more than 15,000 flavors currently on the market, most teens vape because they enjoy the taste. Some products with CBD and Delta-8 can even be purchased legally by minors.
The Hard Questions
- At What Cost America? The cost? Healthcare use among exclusive e-cigarette users totals $1.3 billion annually. Or, roughly $1,800 per e-cigarette user.
- At What Cost Big Tobacco? The global e-cigarette and vape market was valued at $22.4 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow to $182.8 billion by 2030.
- At What Cost Cool, Teens? Nicotine is highly addictive to young brains. It can cause long-lasting negative development effects and harm parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.
The Solution: Outlaw Vaping & the Possession of Vaping Devices by Individuals Under 19 of Age. How…
- Prohibit the use and possession of any vaping device by anyone under the age of 19.
- Expand the definition of all devices to an all-encompassing Inhalant Delivery System and change the language of current laws to make them more effective and easier to enforce as consistent language does not exist.
- Mandate progressive consequences by raising fines, driver’s license suspensions, and more. For example, the Drug Education Council partnered with Clarke County, Alabama, officials to institute a five-session course for the offender and a guardian, plus a monetary fine.
Drug Education Council
The vision of the Drug Education Council is to promote healthy choices by helping to guide the hearts and minds of individuals and families and also working to change the community narrative when it comes to substance use disorder and addiction. The agency is licensed to serve the state of Alabama, currently providing services in Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington Counties. The agency has offices in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
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