Oregon is the fifth state in the Unites States to implement such a regulation. The first two states were Hawaii and California, followed by New Jersey last July and then Maine. “We know this is going to be a huge step in preventing youth addiction to the only substance that if used is directed is almost certain to kill you,“ said Christopher Friend, a government relations director for the American Cancer Society’s legislative arm in Oregon. “Ninety-five percent of lifetime smokers begin the habits before age 21, so we know any steps we can do to discourage young people will have a ripple effect.”
Will including e-cigs in these regulations be counterproductive?
Studies keep indicating that vaping products are significantly safer than regular cigarettes, and effective smoking cessation tools. Additionally it is a known fact that most teen smokers become addicted to cigarettes before they have even turned 18. Hence though making it harder for them to obtain cigarettes may be a good idea, limiting their accessibility to the products which could help them quit, may not.
Harm reduction overlooked
The percentage of high school students using e-cigarettes has also dropped. For the first time since the advent of electronic cigarettes, vaping decreased from 16.0% in 2015 to 11.3% in 2016, while smoking in that same period dropped from 9.3% to 8.0%. This data clearly indicates that the advent of e-cigarettes is helping adolescents quit smoking and eventually even vaping, hence why public health experts insist that the products should be regulated as harm reduction tools, not as their deadly counterparts.
More info : Independent