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Regarding “FDA’s Spark: New Rules Will Limit Minors’ Use of E-cigarettes” (May 2 editorial): I completely agree with the editorial board’s view that e-cigarettes should not be used by minors. There is no excuse for a minor to be smoking anything, let alone an e-cigarette with an addictive substance, nicotine.

Children think that since e-cigs are just water vapor, they are safe. That is very far from the truth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 76.3 percent of middle and high school students who used e-cigarettes within the past 30 days also smoked conventional cigarettes in the same period. With 90 percent of all smokers beginning in their teens, allowing a similar mode of transmission for the same drug is not helping to stop youths from smoking.

As a smoker myself, I will support consequences for youth e-cigarette use to save people younger than I am from the fear of waking up in the mornings and coughing until you can’t breathe. Nicotine may be “fun” or “cool” at the time, but 10 years down the line, the e-cigarette you were smoking won’t be as “cool” when you are addicted and switch to conventional cigarettes for your fix, leading to wrinkles, frail hair and bad breath.

REGAN SPITHALER
Zelienople


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