The talk you should have with your teen about e-cigarettes

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  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 8:11 a.m.

    One wonders if automakers made emissions smell nice, that some people would not mind so much. Besides addiction, I suspect that any consumption of tobacco is harmful to your body.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    There is no doubt in my mind that cigarette companies target their products to young teens who cannot legally buy their product. They have a unique product that causes the premature death of a significant portion of their customers. So they need to continuously recruit new customers. However most adults will not smoke if they have not started as an underage teen. So they invent vaping and use social media to confuse the issue about its safety and addictive potential to encourage more teens to start vaping. At least we got rid of the candy cigarettes that used to be sold.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Jan. 3, 2018 9:37 a.m.

    "If your teen uses e-cigarettes and other alternate forms of tobacco, she could be twice as likely to smoke cigarettes this time next year. New research suggests that vaping could be a gateway to tobacco addiction."

    Why the pussyfooting with words like "could"? According to the statistics, said teen WILL BE twice as likely to be a cigarette smoker a year later.

    Throwing in words like "could be" and "might" and "may" make it sound like the research isn't serious.

    You are not saying that she will be a cigarette smoker in a year, but that the odds are twice as great. No reason to soft pedal that.

    Vaping produces nicotine addicts. Nicotine is a notoriously addictive drug, and addicts can get their fix a whole lot cheaper with cigarettes than by buying vaping products.

    The "talk" you need to have is to help your kid cope with stress by using her own resources, not by a chemical or pharmaceutical fix.

  • HSTucker Holladay, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 8:22 a.m.

    No, the talk you should have with your teen is about the use of any nicotine product: "when you look at these other products too, like smokeless tobacco and cigarillos, they’re having the same magnitude of relationship with future smoking, said Shannon Lea Watkins"

    She continues: "For example, smokeless tobacco use is higher among rural white adolescents, while cigarillo use is seen more often among lower-income African-American teens, she said." Do the researchers posit that racial differences are causative? No, of course not, because that would be racist. It's not race, it's culture, and culture affects our perception of social norms and our desire to fit in.

    The motivation to try one form of nicotine correlates with the motivation to try another, e.g., cigarettes. The study indicates correlation, not causation.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2018 8:12 a.m.

    These things are equally as disgusting as regular cigarettes. If they are not outlawed in public places, they should be. That includes outdoor places like the Trax stations, or gateway mall. Even though they are technically outside. No one has the right to force me to breath that disgusting stench.