E-cigarette study looks at age restriction and use

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – In 2013, North Carolina passed the age ban, making it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18 years.

A recent study found that placing an age requirement for e-cigarette purchase may increase the number of teenagers using tobacco products.

Two separate studies from Cornell and Yale University found states that implemented an age restriction for e-cig purchase have seen an increase in the number of youths smoking traditional cigarettes.

Brody School of Medicine’s Dr. Vivek Anand took a close look at the studies. He said the increase was by less than one percent, and the increase may not directly correlate with the age restriction ban.

“What they’re saying is that after the ban, there was a 0.8 percent increase in tobacco smoking among adolescents who were regular smokers anyway,” said Dr. Anand. He added the studies did not consider the effectiveness of age restrictions, and it fully assumed that age restriction would translate into restricted e-cigarette access and decreased use by adolescents. “If this remains a trend over a period of time, and the numbers continue to increase with decline in electronic cigarettes, then we have something to talk about.”

47 states have now passed an age restrictive ban on e-cig purchase.

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