NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A study found that 3.5% of middle school students in Connecticut have used e-cigarettes in the past month. That’s more than the percentage who’ve used real cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are not directly marketed to kids in fact it’s illegal for them to be sold to anyone under 18. Stores that sell them are required to check I.D.’s, but e-cigarettes come in a variety of colors and flavors that make them attractive to young people.
People can get an e-cigarette either with or without nicotine. Some people say they help people kick the habit, others say it may be a gateway to smoking.
Kieran Bourgeois told 22 News “It’s actually a way to appease your need and you physical addition for inhaling and exhaling smoke while also not inhaling other carcinogens that are nasty and harmful that have been proven to cause cancer.”
Kyle Gintzler, of Northampton told 22 News, “I think ultimately they are not as effective as other ways to stop smoking. I think they are a way to continue selling nicotine.”
The study in the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research found that e-cigarette use is rising among middle and high school students.