Nicotine warning required on e-cigarettes now – Reading Eagle

As we get older, stress fills our lives and we need a way to escape it, even if just for a little while.

This is where vaping and other substances come into play.

Why is it that teens are using tobacco and tobacco-type devices?

Today, you have to be 18 to buy e-cigarettes, but you don’t have to be 18 to use one, according to fda.gov.

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“Vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes and e-pipes are some of the many terms used to describe electronic nicotine delivery systems,” according to fda.gov.

A vaping pen or e-cig uses a liquid that may contain nicotine, as well as different levels of flavorings – fruit and coffee are common – along with chemicals such as propylene glycol, according to the website for the Food and Drug Administration.

“In 2013-2014, 81 percent of current youth e-cigarette users cited the availability of appealing flavors as the primary reason for use,” according to fda.gov.

With all these devices, the liquid gets heated and creates a vapor that’s inhaled. Devices can look like anything from a traditional cigarette to a pen or a bigger object.

The biggest contributor to making e-cigs appealing is the media, and the advertising for the products. Although TV commercials for regular cigarettes were banned in 1971, there’s nothing banning commercials for e-cigarettes. According to International Business Times, the appearance of e-cig commercials increased 256 percent between 2011 and 2013, exposing three out of four teens to these ads on cable channels.

Beginning this year, the FDA requires e-cigs to have a warning label about how the product contains nicotine, which is addictive, according to fda.gov.

Locally, vaping is a craze. The devices are small and easy to carry around, and there are multiple flavors. These characteristics make

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