A whole new generation of smokers may be on the horizon thanks to e-cigarettes.
More and more youth are turning to e-cigarettes and studies show that when they do, they are also likely to turn to traditional cigarettes.
The use of e-cigarettes by kids tripled last year and new data from Vermont shows that more than 30% of high school students have tried e-cigs with 15% now using them regularly. In fact, more Vermont kids are now using e-cigarettes than are smoking. But the e-cigarette use could start to bump smoking levels back up.
Given new studies, including one from Dartmouth, showing kids who vape are also much more likely to smoke -- even kids who said they would never try it -- Vermont should act to prohibit vaping in the same places where smoking is prohibited. Protecting the social norms we’ve created about the dangers of tobacco is important if we want to protect our kids.
Take action today to urge lawmakers to support including e-cigarettes in Vermont’s clean indoor air laws.