Washington County Places Ban On E-Cigarettes

Many smokers who have used electronic cigarettes to kick their nicotine addiction vouch for the devices, but counties across the U.S. are instituting bans on the products, which are finding their way into the hands of minors.

Spokane County, Washington, is one example of a region that has issued a minor ban on e-cigarettes, according to KXLY-4 News. The smokeless vapor cigarettes contain fewer chemicals than traditional versions, but experts say they are not necessarily healthy.

Andrew Verellin, 17, told the news source that he has been smoking since he was 11 years old. The ban on tobacco cigarettes has not stopped him from using the products before, and he does not believe that the new regulations on e-cigarettes will stop his peers.

County officials told the news source that prevention is still a crucial step in reducing overall drug use among local children. The new legislation dictates that individuals under the age of 18 will not be prohibited from purchasing e-cigarettes from vendors.
More than 80 percent of smokers begin using cigarettes before they are 18 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can help individuals struggling with nicotine addiction.