THE RIGHT AGE TO VAPE
We have seen the vaping industry grow like a topsy in the last decade, it has become the most perfect alternative to smoking, it has helped a lot of smokers to quit smoking.
But with this growth came a little trouble and the name of that trouble is the curiosity of the youngsters who are not supposed to vape.
Regulators have used several strategies to keep the youth away from vaping, like asking how old are you before they buy any vape products.
Enforcing a legal is the most reliable way to reduce teen vaping. In maximum countries, vaping is either measured as a tobacco product, a separate buyer product or isn’t regulated at all.
The legal age to purchase vape products in many countries is usually the same age at which citizens are considered grownups. In most countries, that legal age is 18, but this can vary.
LEGAL AGE IN UK
To purchase or use e-liquids and e-cigarettes in the UK, you must be 18 years old or over 18. These restrictions were executed by the government of the UK to reduce the number of children who take up vaping.
What happens is when you open an account to purchase on any website. The age verification process asks you for your date of birth. A leading credit card reference agency is used to verify the age you entered. This is to make sure that nicotine is not sold to kids.
- Banned to purchase e-liquids that have nicotine in them for an under 18.
- Illegal to trade e-liquids that contain nicotine to teens under 18, in-store or online
- A £2,500 maximum fine will be charged from vendors breaking this law.
The possible reason:
The main reason behind teens vaping is that they think it’s a “cooler” alternative to smoking.
To be accepted by their friends and other “Oh, so cool” kids, most teens start to vape not knowing what it is and what was the main purpose behind this industry coming into life.
Teens in America are now “Juuling”- that’s what they call it. If we think about our childhood, we’d also do anything as long as it was cool. Today’s teens are no exception.
Before vaping, teenagers would just smoke for fun and end up getting many illnesses that smoking brings with it. Vaping is a safer alternative but it still is not an option for kids.
The right age in other countries:
We will not be talking about countries that have banned vaping or those that have no vaping regulation.
Let’s have a look:
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- Republic of Korea (South Korea)
- United States
Please note: Ages are taken from the Johns Hopkins University Global Tobacco Control site.
The right age of vaping as we have mentioned above is different for different states, but this doesn’t mean that if there are laws then everyone is following them parents and other supervisors should keep an eye on their kid’s activities. It's better to talk to them thoroughly.