Kansas Bans Sale of E-Cigs to Minors

In an incredibly good move, Kansas has become the latest state to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. This one’s a no-brainer to me. While e-cigs don’t contain nasty things like tar, formaldehyde, and other carcinogens, their main function is still to provide nicotine. Nicotine, like any other controlled substance, should never be sold to or used by minors. While some companies might argue that peoplKansas Bans Sale of E-Cigs to Minorse under 18 should merely be restricted to the nicotine-free cartridges, ECigProfessor.com only supports e-cigarette providers that already have a strict age restriction in place for their products.

Despite the new law in Kansas, several anti-smoking groups want to take this a step further, insisting that e-cigarettes be regulated in the same way as tobacco cigarettes. While I can understand their concern to a degree, I have to disagree with this one. Electronic cigarettes are simply the latest development in a long string of devices and supplements that help you quit smoking. The various nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, and inhalers are all designed to do the same thing. These products, like e-cigarettes, are all used for nicotine replacement therapy.

So why do e-cigs get such a bad rap? It could be because they look like tobacco cigarettes and produce a thick, smoke-like vapor, which might invoke memories of 1940’s doctors touting the benefits of tobacco. Or perhaps because it’s seen as a more recent “fad” that hasn’t proven itself to be a long-term solution to smoking yet. Whatever the reason for the knee-jerk aggression towards them, one thing’s for sure: They’re not for kids.


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