YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – State Representative Kevin Schreiber of York County hosted a vapor and e-cigarette forum Thursday evening at William Penn High School. Schreiber says the issue has two sides.
“For adults trying to quit smoking, vaping and e-cigs have been beneficial,” said Schreiber, “Right now in Pennsylvania, it is easy access for teenagers.”
According to the CDC, use among high school students tripled from 2011 to 2013. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, more than 16 million children live in states where they are allowed to by e-cigarettes and poisonings in young children who have swallowed e-cigarette liquid have increased dramatically in the United States.
Dave Norris of Blue Door Vaping says Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states without laws prohibiting the sale of vapors or e-cigarettes to minors. Norris says he will not only sell items to people who are not old enough to buy cigarettes.
Rep. Schreiber says there is legislation in the House and Senate designed to prevent the sale of vapors and electronic cigarettes to minors.
Norris says all of the negative attention overshadows the good things that e-cigarettes are doing for people who have had problems quitting smoking.
“My personal health has improved over the last five years from using this product versus being a smoker,” said Norris. “It’s a viable alternative to smoking.”