Teens leading fight for vaping ban

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Leading e-cigarette company Juul has stopped sales of its popular mint flavour tobacco products. Apple has announced its decision to remove all apps related to electronic cigarettes and vaping (e-cigarette) from the company’s app store. A State in the US has already banned vaping products while the Philippines is upping ante for a ban.

There is growing fight against vaping worldwide. Teens are the most volatile victims and users of vaping. But, not many of us know, that teens are ironically in the forefront of this fight agains

Apple withdrew a total of 181 vaping apps, which the technology company said included apps for controlling vaping devices’ temperature and lighting, news, and games.

Recently, experts ranging from the federal agency Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products. Vaping is responsible for at least 42 deaths and more than 2,000 lung illnesses around US, the federal agency added.

The Massachusetts state house of representatives passed a bill banning flavoured tobacco products, including flavoured e-cigarettes, in a major defeat for America’s embattled vaping industry.

The main force behind this ban was pressure group called, suburban Boston teenagers, who took up the issue after they saw how their friends and peers in their own school, as well as across Massachusetts and the rest of the US suffered from it.

The teen activists pushed for the bill after they said they had watched one classmate after another get addicted to vaping in the school bathroom, on the field and even in the classroom.

In their effort to restrict e-cigarette flavours, members of the school’s civics club, with their adviser, Mary Clougher, attended town halls, state legislative hearings and rallies across Massachusetts.

There was also a YouTube campaign called Juulers Against Juul which featured children who are self-professed addicts calling for restrictions. The activist groups like Smoke-Free Alternatives are also supporting the campaign.

 

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