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What a ban on e-cigarette flavors could mean for Big Tobacco

By The Verge

It could be a big hit to companies like Juul and a boon for Big TobaccoRead full story

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  • Erin Rey
    Erin ReySchool Counselor

    As long as it lowers the amount of kids getting caught vaping or selling on campus at my high school, I will be one happy school counselor. Until the next day when there’s some other new vice-fad.

  • Whether e-cigarettes are flavored like Fruity Pebbles or a smoldering volcanic cinder, it matters not. So long as nicotine is involved, the problem shall persist.

  • Lindsey  Avena
    Lindsey Avena

    Here’s the trouble: kids will continue to get hooked on these products no matter what. It’s not just the fruity or candy-like flavors - it’s almost societal standard. I had my first cigarette at age fourteen. I’ve probably smoked half a pack my entire life, and that was from ages 14-19. What that taught me is that I had weak lungs and my friends sucked for encouraging me to do it. But it’s been going on FOREVER. So yeah, take the flavors out of gas stations and convenient stores. That’s fine. You

    Here’s the trouble: kids will continue to get hooked on these products no matter what. It’s not just the fruity or candy-like flavors - it’s almost societal standard. I had my first cigarette at age fourteen. I’ve probably smoked half a pack my entire life, and that was from ages 14-19. What that taught me is that I had weak lungs and my friends sucked for encouraging me to do it. But it’s been going on FOREVER. So yeah, take the flavors out of gas stations and convenient stores. That’s fine. You have to know still it won’t stop kids. The invention of the Juul (AKA the flash drive) and e-cigs doesn’t erase the history of teenagers smoking cigarettes with their friends and getting hooked young.

    For reference: A 1997 NYT article touched on Joe Camel, the animated face of Camel cigarettes, being removed. That largely had to do with it seeming like the company was advertising to kids. How’d that work out?

  • Robert Shaw IV
    Robert Shaw IV

    Now if they’d do something about the alcohol ads and sponsorships for all sporting events, that would be nice too, but since most politicians drink, and not smoke, nothing will ever be done about that. Someone hooked on alcohol is no different than meth or cocaine, but beer means big money and that’s really what matters most. I’ve even seen 30 second beer ads (Miller Lite) pop up in video games (Angry Birds) that are aimed at kids around 10 years old. Funny how nothing is ever said about that :(

  • I

    Had a life shaking experience when I went cold turkey off nicotine. The addiction was like my Inner most being crying out from inside me, “You need me!” 5 days without and that Inner most being was groveling at my feet

  • Alicia L
    Alicia Ldirtywindshield.com

    Preferential treatment of some businesses over others is not a great solution.

  • This move is going to solidify vape stores as a profitable staples in your local strip mall. Moreover, if these vape stores are smart, and some of them already do this, they’ll make their shops “destinations” catering to all customer needs even outside of vaping. If I’m a gas station, I’m pretty pissed right now and will probably double-down on the e-cigs themselves to keep revenue from fully vacating. I wonder if this move of which basically concentrates traffic to specific specialty and other non-convenient

    This move is going to solidify vape stores as a profitable staples in your local strip mall. Moreover, if these vape stores are smart, and some of them already do this, they’ll make their shops “destinations” catering to all customer needs even outside of vaping. If I’m a gas station, I’m pretty pissed right now and will probably double-down on the e-cigs themselves to keep revenue from fully vacating. I wonder if this move of which basically concentrates traffic to specific specialty and other non-convenient store models will actually have the opposite of the intended effect.

  • Yuni Wakamatu
    Yuni Wakamatu

    Prohibition of e-cigarette would be unfair from when the pot will be legalized)

  • I disagree with this ban because it limits the growth potential for start ups that see their various outside the box flavors as their competitive advantage. It is the responsibility of storefront business owners to ensure that children are not purchasing these products not the responsibility of the manufacturers. Kids will always find a way to get a hold of things they aren't supposed to have, so constricting sales would be a fruitless pursuit.

  • Alan Hitchner
    Alan Hitchner

    Nicotine must be banned.

  • Ethan Dickenson
    Ethan Dickenson

    I gave up smoking four years ago and started vaping. I know it would be best to quit everything but I will take vaping over smoking any day. My throat doesn’t hurt in the morning and I stopped coughing up that ugly brown goo. I have a good lung capacity and can take a deep breath without anything rattling around in my lungs. I know it’s too early to tell if long term exposure to vaping is harmful to humans (all indications are that there is no health risk) but I feel like it’s added years to my life

    I gave up smoking four years ago and started vaping. I know it would be best to quit everything but I will take vaping over smoking any day. My throat doesn’t hurt in the morning and I stopped coughing up that ugly brown goo. I have a good lung capacity and can take a deep breath without anything rattling around in my lungs. I know it’s too early to tell if long term exposure to vaping is harmful to humans (all indications are that there is no health risk) but I feel like it’s added years to my life and I will be surprised if it causes health problems in my future. I thought society would embrace vaping but it’s frowned upon as much as smoking by most non smokers. There is no risk to second hand vape smoke. We know it’s unlikely cool vape mist is harmful because the product is modeled after and is composed of the same stuff as asthma breath inhalers which have been around for decades. I hope big Tobacco stays out of it and I hope the politicians don’t start taxing it like crazy...

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