Earlier this month and after months of research by local city staff, the City Council of another locale in Illinois, Aurora, also voted unanimously to raise the age limit to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21. In fact, up until now a total of eighteen other municipalities in Illinois, including Chicago, Evanston, Naperville and Bolingbrook, have already implemented such an age limit.
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Executive director of the health department, Barb Jeffers, who was also present when the legal age was raised in Aurora, told the county board members that it is time it’s time such a motion is implemented. “The compelling argument there was a resource officer from one of the schools came in with three, gallon-sized bags of vaping products. They are having problems with these all throughout the high schools. The students are using them all the time,” she said.
Putting things in the right perspective
It is a well known fact, that most smokers have their first cigarettes in their early teens, and e-cigarettes are proven to be the most effective smoking cessation tools available to date. Therefore it would make sense to have the devices available as smoking cessation aids for adolescents who are already struggling with a tobacco addiction.
Infact, a study published on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine earlier this month, indicated that contrary to recent media reports, vaping is commonly prevalent only amongst smoking teens, in which case it is serving as a harm reduction tool.
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