Until recently, nicotine use among young people in Ohio and around the nation was on the decline. However, the introduction of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, appears to be reversing this trend. It is estimated that as many as 21% of high school students have taken up the habit of vaping. The juice that is used in the vaping devices often contains nicotine, which is known to be a dangerous product that is an addictive and potentially cancer-causing substance. It is also believed that the liquids contain chemical ingredients that can interfere with brain development.
In a move to help protect young people from the potential dangers of vaping, the Governor of Ohio is proposing raising the age to purchase these products from 18 to 21. A recent study showed that fewer than half of the regular users began using before the age of 18. It is hoped that increasing the purchasing age will help reduce the number of first-time users in the school population.
Another means that the companies appear to be using to attract young users can be seen in the flavors and packaging of the e-juice that goes into the devices. It is believed that the companies use candy flavors and fruit flavors in brightly colored packages to attract young people. All of this contributes to what the governor sees as a serious emerging health problem among the youth of Ohio.
The youth of today are one of our nation’s most valuable resources, and protecting their health should be paramount. The long-term effects of vaping are not clear, but the implications of their impact on young brains is alarming. Anyone with questions as to the possible impact that the chemicals may be having on one’s child in Ohio may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney for more information regarding this dangerous product.