Electronic cigarette bans on minors could leave them with fines

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Minors who are caught using electronic cigarettes in some counties may face fines if they are caught with them in some counties.

Some areas plan to enforce fines and even will reference minors to resources for help.

Ammar Ghanem, MD, is a Pulmonologist with the Pulmonary Allegery Critical Care& Sleep Associates at McLaren Greater Lansing, says electronic cigarette use is still so new that the long term effects are still unknown.

“Since vaping is still a new practice, doctors still don’t have a full picture of the lomg-term effects from vaping, however, we do know that vaping devices have 20 different chemicals in them compared to cigarettes, which has 4,000 chemicals,” said Ghanem.

But not only doctors are concerned about the health of minors, one store manager says he wants younger people to know how hard it can be to break the addiction once you start it.

“You get into your forties and fifties and you can’t get of it. So nicotine is one drug that’s available 24/7, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year. We need to keep it out of the minors hands and we need to educate them more,” said Lansing Clean Cigarette manager John Whaley.

Sara Surna is a member of the Eaton Rapids Health Alliance and says knowing what some of the products look like could be crucial in the long run.

 “So Juuls and other electronic cigarettes can come in a variety of shapes and sizes that may be discrete or not easily identified, so knowing what they look like and some of the health effects would be helpful,” said Surna.

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