LAWTON, OK (TNN) - Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust is working to get e-cigarettes out of minor’s hands across the state. While vape stores are required to check ID... minors are obviously finding other ways to get their hands on many different products.
"The majority of users are getting them from friends and families and that’s the problem. People of age are buying the products and giving them to underage people. " said 580 Vaperz owner Chad Johnston
In the last year... JUUL has taken over the e-cigarette market. A recent Surgeon General’s report shows that more than 3.5 million young people including 1 in 5 high schoolers currently use E-cigarettes. JUUL’s are one of TSET’s biggest concern because a single JUUL pod contains the nicotine equivalent of 20 cigarettes.
Because of JUUL and other similar products... the FDA is working to limit access to young smokers.
“With the new laws they have just enacted it’s actually going to help because it will pull more of the tempting products off the shelves of the convenient stores and gas stations and bring them back to being sold at places like this where the rules are more strict.” said Johnston
TSET’s fight gets harder and harder everyday because teens are 16 times more likely to pick up an e-cigarette and use it regularly. The ability to purchase the products is being addressed... but the marketing is another big concern.
“They have to replace the smokers dying from using their products and with these companies now getting into the e-cigarette they are looking to make money, and they are looking to make money off our kids.” said Sandy Foster
Underage vaping was recently categorized as a public health epidemic... one word of advice from Chad Johnston is if you don’t need to vape, then there’s no reason to start using e-cigarettes at all.