Vaping teens cause moral panic

Published May 17, 2018

An article in The Wall Street Journal about the backlash being caused by the sudden success of an e-cigarette called JUUL over its appeal to teens quotes Lynn Kozlowski, professor of community health and health behavior in the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. The article notes that 4.2 percent of high-school seniors report smoking conventional cigarettes daily and 9.7 percent reported smoking at least once in the previous month. These are “the high-risk youth” we need to worry about, he said. Youth who have started to smoke, he added, “need to know the real costs of different nicotine products.”

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