Teenagers in Danger: Flavored Vape Ban May Have Unintended Consequences

Teenagers in Danger: Flavored Vape Ban May Have Unintended Consequences

Jeffrey A. Singer

Politics, Americas

It’s not what the doctor ordered…

Key point: Banning flavored vaping will only push teenagers to seek dangerous alternatives.

As of December 2019, eight states have acted to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Other states are contemplating bans in 2020.

I have pointed out here and here why banning flavored vaping products will deny adult tobacco smokers a proven means of quitting harmful tobacco smoking. In fact, nicotine e-cigarettes—of which more than 90 percent of adult tobacco quitters prefer the flavored kind—are twice as effective as nicotine gum or patches in helping smokers stop. We recently learned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that virtually every case of EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product-use associated lung injury) is due to bootleg THC vaping cartridges containing vitamin E acetate.

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