Hawaii will soon pass a law changing the legal age for anyone purchasing cigarettes or e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 years. Cities and towns have increased the age to 21, but so far no other states have done so. There is medical evidence to show that increasing the age limit reduces the number of people who form a smoking habit. By taking this measure Hawaii’s legislature hopes to improve the health of its population into the future.
We no longer dispute the facts about the effects of smoking cigarettes, but what about the effect of smoking e-cigarettes? At this point the evidence is not so clear.
The topic is an important one because teens are rapidly increasing their use of electronic cigarettes. The percentage of high school students who smoked e-cigarettes reportedly increased from 1.5% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2014.
And non-teens who are trying to stop smoking by switching to e-cigarettes need to know the latest findings as well.
Let’s examine the health consequences of vaping using the library’s health and science databases.
Here are some recent articles. Feel free to search for more on your own.
From Consumer Health Complete:
- Hawaii Becomes the Fourth State with E-Cigarette Restrictions
- State Laws Prohibiting Sales to Minors and Indoor Use of Electronic Indoor Delivery Systems
- Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011 - 2014
- Teen Use of E-Cigarettes Continues to Soar, Experts Say
- E-Cigarettes: Policy Options and Legal Issues Amidst Uncertainty
- A Game of Smoke and Vapors
And this video from AccessScience: