Within the past couple of weeks, students questioned if e-cigarettes should be regulated more by the government in our #DoNowECigs post. We asked students, Should e-cigarettes be regulated in the same way as traditional tobacco and conventional combustion cigarettes? Why or why not?
Today, the majority of people know the health risks behind smoking cigarettes. The FDA has placed laws on tobacco manufacture, distribution, and marketing, but does the new e-cigarette need to be restricted as well? Advertised as a harmless alternative to cigarettes, the e-cigarettes, or e-cigs, were introduced to the U.S. market in 2007 and has attracted 1.78 million adolescents across the nation. Some manufactures argue the e-cigarettes possess fewer toxins. In fact, some studies show e-cigs help long time smokers break the habit. However, scientists have found animal carcinogens, addictive components, and some even contained toxic chemicals used in antifreeze in the e-cigarettes. Currently there is a small amount of research and government regulation behind the e-cigarettes. Many people believe like Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cigarette companies are merely generating another group of kids addicted to nicotine.
Students discussed a wide variety of points, from potential health risks to how e-cigarettes may impact youth. The majority of students, however, agreed that the government needs to place regulation to ensure adolescents don’t get addicted at a young age.
Should the government restrict them?
Students debated back and forth about if the government should treat e-cigs the same as cigarettes.
— Thong Hoang (@ThongHoang8) April 18, 2014
— creid (@CR_559) April 23, 2014
— αѕ∂fgнʝкℓ ιт'ѕ тяσиg (@UmNoStop_) April 28, 2014
— Nathan Nann (@nathan_nann) April 18, 2014
Many believed the government should place an age limit on e-cigs to protect youth.
— Justin Li (@Taka272014) April 21, 2014
— Antony cadenas (@CadenasTony) April 18, 2014
The impact your health
Others expressed their concern about the unknown health risks behind e-cigs.
— Chadric Aquino (@ChadricAquino1) April 21, 2014
— Chris Castro (@Chris95er) April 18, 2014
It’s their decision
Others believed people will smoke not matter the regulations placed on either product.
— kris b (@krisb474) April 23, 2014
— Winnie He (@WinnieHe6) April 18, 2014
Will this lead to more drugs?
Some questioned whether the e-cigarettes will only encourage more youth to smoke.
— Vanessa J. Lon (@lon_vanessa) April 18, 2014
— Benjamin Anderson (@Banderson579) April 25, 2014
Many argued that we need to conduct more research about the e-cigarettes before making new rules.
— Rebecca Schwab (@Becatha) April 18, 2014
— Natalie H. (@nhartman16) April 24, 2014
It’s just greed
One student discussed how the e-cigarette is just another way for companies to make money.
— Scotty Hong (@hong_hongscotty) April 18, 2014