As the electronic cigarette industry continues its rapid growth, the opposition has followed closely behind. Nine states have already passed bills placing restrictions on the sale of e-cigs to minors due to mounting pressure from anti-smoking groups, and Ohio is poised to be next in line with House Bill 144.
The new legislation aims to prohibit those under the age of 18 from purchasing “alternative nicotine products,” but anti-smoking advocates feel the bill is designed to ensure that e-cigarettes and future alternatives to smoking remain taxed at a lower rate than standard smokes.
The argument is that age restrictions alone are ineffective in keeping tobacco products and alternative nicotine products away from minors, but higher taxation would be the real deterrent. With taxation becoming a primary concern, experts begin to wonder if enough information is available on the new product to justify higher taxation.
Electronic cigarettes contain far fewer chemicals than traditional cigarettes, which may have as many as 4,000 identifiable chemicals, several of them being toxic. Boston University researchers stated, “few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns.” With the e-cigarette emitting an odorless water vapor, many feel it deserves to be in a class of its own.
Frequent users of the smokeless product have deemed e-cigs to be a viable, and much safer alternative. Although the product is still new in its lifecycle, research continues to arise that supports this popular claim that we may finally have a real harm-reduction solution to an age-old problem.
One fact that is not up for debate is that electronic cigarettes continue to be much easier on the pocket books of millions. With brands such as 7’s, “The Smoker’s Smart Choice,” boasting up to 85% savings over conventional smokes, it’s easy to see why consumers are flocking to e-cigs.
On top of the obvious perk, saving money, 7’s offers even more incentive with their customer rewards program. Loyal patrons earn points on various activities done through their website, such as signing up for the 7’s newsletter, submitting a customer review, and they even earn points on all purchases. Once enough points have been accumulated, they can be redeemed at checkout for even more savings on already low prices.
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Written by Daniel Stock of Monopolize Social Media