EDITORIAL: Outlaw vape marketing to young people – Harrison Daily

THE WILKES-BARRE CITIZENS’ VOICE (PA.)

As vaping devices first were mass-marketed more than a decade ago to help smokers get off tobacco, many experts warned that the devices posed addiction dangers of their own and that they would be marketed to young people.

The industry insisted that the devices were intended only to help smokers quit rather than to lure non-smokers, without explaining why the liquids vaporized in the devices came in flavors such as bubble gum.

There is little question that vaping is safer than smoking tobacco because the vapor does not deliver the carcinogenic tar produced by cigarettes. But safer is not the same thing as safe.

Vaping helps smoking addicts by eliminating the tobacco but it works by delivering nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco, often in higher amounts than in individual cigarettes.

But now, young people who never have smoked are a primary market for vaping devices, and nicotine keeps them coming back. A study released earlier this

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