New Bill Wants to Ban Online Sale of E-Cig Products in California to Protect the Children

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Robert Aul
I'm just a Bill, vapin' on Capitol Hill
Electronic cigarettes and vape pens continue to wade into murky waters. Yesterday, officials in Sacramento met to discuss outlawing the online sale of e-cigarette products in California. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) is spearheading the bill, and points to protecting our children as the reason for the lockdown. Dickinson believes that the anonymity of the Internet makes it much easier for kids under 18 to get a hold of vape pens, whether they're for nicotine or marijuana.

This fear has been, par for the course, overplayed by the mainstream media. Yesterday, KCBS-TV Channel 2 ran a story from an RSM high school about the insanely high rate at which high schoolers, and even middle schoolers, are starting to use vape pens. Shannon Hough-Duncan, a teacher at the Orange Unified School District agreed with CBS's reporting that many students "are very into it" and have been able to get away with it, but "it's just because there are no laws or rules yet." However, Mindi Combs, a creative writing teacher at the Orange County High School of the Arts said she had "no experience" with vape pens in the classroom, and Holly Vance, a teacher at La Serna High School, commented that e-cigarettes simply aren't allowed on her campus.

The problem with this sudden scare over e-cigarettes and children is the misinformation that's turning a mole hill into a mountain. The CBS article quoted a mother who believed that cigarette and vape companies are targeting young users. Go into any vape shop, talk to any liquid maker, and no one has ANY desire to sell their product to minors. E-cigarettes were essentially created as a cessation device, and even though the culture has blown up beyond that, there's no overarching desire to bring the youngins' into the community. In our print news story about the rise of e-cigarettes, we found that many vape companies want to keep their products out of the hands of minors and support some level of regulation.

Politicians' fear points to the bigger question of who should be policing teenagers. Perhaps it ought to be parents' responsibility to monitor what their kids order on the Internet; after all, most kids are using their credit cards to do so. This bill is more likely to hurt small businesses and take away a viable market where of-age vapers can order items at competitive prices. If teenagers can't buy something online, they'll find another way--they always have.

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17 comments
gotsteam
gotsteam

Don't believe their lies. No tobacco sales means no tobacco taxes! E-cigarettes are the greatest threat to their untold boat loads of money. Anti tobacco coalitions like the ALA and AHA rely on smokers to pay their bills, do you really think they want you to quit cigarettes? Why do you think they oppose the greatest weapon the world has ever seen in the war on tobacco and it's related diseases? Because it will put them out of a JOB! 


Wake up stupid e-cig bashers! You're allowing yourselves to be part of the tobacco problem rather than part of the solution. All you know about e-cigs is what the TV vomits into your brains 7 nights a week. They don't tell you of the countless PUBLISHED research papers in respected medical journals that prove that e-cigs are as much as 99% SAFER than tobacco cigarettes. You need to find that information for your selves. E-cigs can wipe out tobacco related lung disease by allowing smokers to use a product that will NOT kill them like tobacco does. Put the remote down and do some research of your own. You'll see.

Michael Mastagni
Michael Mastagni

Julia Louis Dreyfuss dragging on an e cig at Golden Globes made me lose all respect for that snob.

Bill Gurney
Bill Gurney

Hellen Lovejoy, is that before or after the kids are born?

Tim Carruthers
Tim Carruthers

While they are at it they should ban cigarettes and alcohol also, and maybe school buses.

Pavla Dlab
Pavla Dlab

How many kWh is the state burning through in an effort to process this bill?

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

They should also ban regular pens, because by their very presence they might remind children of the existence of vapor pens.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Frankly, I think it's great that kids are being responsible and using vape pens versus smoking the ganje the old fashioned way.  Good for you, teens.  Keep ripping.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

"Perhaps it ought to be parents' responsibility to monitor what their kids order on the Internet; after all, most kids are using their credit cards to do so." ...Well, duh. (In my best Marge Simpson voice) 

You hit the nail on the head, Coker. :-)


Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle Except this post is by the grrrl reporter, LP Hastings, rather than the girlee reporter. 


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