Do government policies intended to promote public health sometimes backfire, causing the opposite effect? You betcha. Case in point: The U.S. government is continuing to enforce bans against teens purchasing vaping products before a certain age, despite scientific research indicating that these policies are having a negative effect.
Yale University’s Abigail Friedman has been reviewing a new study, accepted by the Journal of Health Economics, in which, Friedman believes, the numbers show that teen smoking rates climb when society bans them from buying vaping products.
“Bans on e-cigarette sales to minors yield a statistically significant 0.9 point increase in the smoking rate among 12 to 17 year olds,” Friedman explained to ChurnMag.com. “That’s enough of an increase to undo all the progress we’ve made as a society to reduce the number of teenage smokers. By trying to protect our kids, we’ve inadvertently put them at a greater risk.”
Even if this information withstands further investigation, it’s unlikely that any city will discontinue the bans regrettably. Friedman suggests that the age be lowered to sixteen for minors to be allowed to purchase vaping products. She believes that older teens who are more likely to smoke may at least choose a vaping product rather than traditional analog cigarettes if given the opportunity.
Another suggestion has been to educate the younger generation differently in regards to smoking. Currently, the anti-smoking groups suggest that all smoking is harmful. However, some believe we should educate them truthfully that vaping is a smarter alternative to cigarettes due to the fact that vaping eliminates tobacco, tar and combustion.
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