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.

Age limit?

Many believed the government should place an age limit on e-cigs to protect youth.

The impact your health

Others expressed their concern about the unknown health risks behind e-cigs.

It’s their decision

Others believed people will smoke not matter the regulations placed on either product.

Will this lead to more drugs?

Some questioned whether the e-cigarettes will only encourage more youth to smoke.

More research

Many argued that we need to conduct more research about the e-cigarettes before making new rules.

It’s just greed

One student discussed how the e-cigarette is just another way for companies to make money.

E-Cigarettes Need More Regulation 8 March,2017Laura Robledo



Laura Robledo

Laura Robledo studied English at UC Berkeley. When she is not reading, looking up new music, or running half marathons, she loves to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.

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