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The Truth: E-cigarettes becoming issue among youth


Jessica Tanner
Leader Assistant Editor

Many people have the misconception that e-cigarettes are harmless because of water vapor. But the truth is they are as dangerous as regular cigarettes, containing nicotine and other harmful chemicals. They are illegal for anyone under 19, but have recently become a problem with youth in the Bear River Valley.
Garland Police Chief Linda Bourne said e-cigarettes have been an issue at Bear River High School and even Bear River Middle School since September. The youth using them range from 14-18. She said, “They (students) have been sucked in by the media that these are safe.”
People are uneducated about e-cigarettes, Bourne said, because they are relatively new. The youth are telling their parents there is nothing wrong with them.  But the police are seeing it differently. Even though they do not have tobacco in them, youth caught with e-cigarettes will be given a Minor in Possession of Tobacco citation, because e-cigarettes fall under the same statute as cigarettes in Utah.
Bourne said some caught with e-cigarettes think they are not against the law.  Other say if they had known they were bad they would have never bought them. Sometimes youth argue the dangers with police, while others act as if the police are lying.

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Seth Allred said he gave up a pack-a-day smoking habit when he began using e-cigarettes, and believes he is healthier, coughs less and has more stamina.




10 comments for “The Truth: E-cigarettes becoming issue among youth

  1. April 5, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I am shocked at this attack on MY industry by Chief Bourne. That e-cigarettes are “just as dangerous” is not only wholely inaccurate, I dare say it is laughable. I have story after story of people who have kicked tobacco IN ALL FORMS, and I am one of those people who can breathe for the first time since I don’t know when. I can do all the things my polluted lungs would not allow me to do when I was a smoker. The problem is, I LIKED SMOKING. Using an electronic cigarette, or “vaping,” isn’t some cure-all – far from it. Vapers use these units in place of tobacco, and many choose to completely eliminate nicotine from their e-juice after a short period of time. Its known as “harm reduction” from the use of tobacco, or ever “lower-risk alternatives” to tobacco. E-cigarette is a term that will soon be outdated, quite simply because IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH CIGARETTES!!!!!

    I could go on, but instead, I’m going a different direction. I have the utmost respect for any law enforcement officer doing their part to keep us all safe, and I hold Police Chief Linda Bourne in the highest regard. But I cannot allow misinformation of this kind to take place without doing what I can to make sure that people have the facts, not just one person’s misguided opinion. With respect to children using e-cigarettes: THEY ARE ILLEGAL FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 19 TO POSSESS. Period. We check identifcation if EVERYONE who comes into our shop, no exceptions. Still, to hold an electronic device that has helped so many people find the joy of breathing accountable for kids who do what they want regardless of law and even advisement is nothing short if absurd. If a child is doing something he or she shouldn’t, any fault lies upon the parents/ guardian/ lack of parental guidance, respect for the law, and countless other things or situations influencing said child.

    I have, in the past, been known to possess an uncanny ability to stir the proverbial pot. I plan to do just that regarding my work and industry as it relates to this article. Thank you for this article, it will bring a great deal of attention to our business, and our desire to not only make a living as a contributing member of our wonderful community but help people hindered by tobacco, and the wonder of freedom from it.


  2. April 5, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I wish to clarify that the “misguided opinion” I referred to is that if the author, Jessica Tanner, and not that of Police Chief Linda Bourne. I know Chief Bourne, she us an intelligent, capable, tenured, professional woman who genuinely cares about the well being of ALL the people in our community. Until I am proven wrong, I will believe Chief Bourne knows the clear difference between smoking & vaping.

  3. Martin Anton
    April 5, 2013 at 6:49 am

    As dangerous as regular cigarettes? Are you high?

    So sad to see The Leader publishing this junk.

  4. Matt Zukowski
    April 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

    “Many people have the misconception that e-cigarettes are harmless because of water vapor. ”

    Use of weasel words. Many people think the moon landing was a hoax.

    “But the truth is they are as dangerous as regular cigarettes”

    Really? If this was true you’d expect to see e-cigarette users dying at a rate of roughly 1% per year, you don’t.

    “containing nicotine and other harmful chemicals.”

    Nicotine is not a harmful chemical. Other harmful chemicals are found at levels the FDA approves for pharmaceutical products. Other “chemicals” are from food grade flavoring. Truth is glade plug ins and paraffin candles are FAR more toxic.

    “They are illegal for anyone under 19, but have recently become a problem with youth in the Bear River Valley”

    If by problem you mean teens already smoking cigarettes, maybe.

    “Seth Allred said he gave up a pack-a-day smoking habit when he began using e-cigarettes, and believes he is healthier, coughs less and has more stamina.”

    Yes, all objective evidence indicates e-cigarettes are FAR less harmful than cigarettes. While I can’t condone youth use, don’t you think it’s a bit amoral to encourage real cigarette use among teens.

  5. Shane Moates
    April 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    The previous comments to this article pretty much everything that I would have posted myself. It is clear that no real research was done prior to writing. The information lacks any scientific data, and no interviews from ANYONE in the “e-cig” industry, but plenty of bias and personal opinion. If this is the kind of “reporting” that is expected from the Assistant Editor, then this paper no longer has credibility. This article is little more than an old fashioned version of a Facebook post.

  6. April 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    There are many inaccurate statements made in this article by Ms Tanner. I would have expected that someone in this role would understand the concept of ‘fact checking’ before publishing an article in the name of her employer. I encourage any member of the press to come speak with me next week in either Ogden or Tremonton while I’m in the area to meet with the e-cigarette specialty retail owners. I welcome meeting you should you care to report on scientific facts rather than political rhetoric.

    Aaron Frazier
    Founding Director, Utah Vapers

  7. Jennifer S
    April 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Shame on you. Have you even seen an eCig? Been near someone who has used one? Did you bother to ask anyone before disseminating such nonsense?

    The truth is that there is absolutely no proof of harm. Any harm. There is not one incidence where eCigs or vaping is linked to any death, disease or even any significant physical stress.

    Ecigs use all FDA approved ingredients, but they are being challenged with huge money from the pharmaceutical companies who own the smoking cessation market. These products include drugs like Chantix, nicotine gum, lozenges and inhalers, all of which are costly and have dismal success rates. The drugs, which work for few people are accompanied with a list of serious side effects a mile long.

    The only arguments these industries have made are “they haven’t been proved safe,” “they are new,” and “they are a gateway to smoking.” Not one iota of fact or legitimate data backs up those scare tactics. You fell for it without even asking questions.

    Ecigs have helped thousands of middle aged heavy smokers eliminate tobacco from our lives. In my case, after more than 3 decades of heavy smoking and no desire to quit, eCigs made it easy. For me, it is a panacea. I haven’t even wanted a cigarette in nearly a year. For the first time in my adult life I can breathe again. For many of us, eCigs and vaping is the panacea.

    I don’t doubt that inhaling anything other than fresh air is good for humans, so there is no question that it is stupid pick up an eCig if you aren’t already struggling with smoking. But even that is speculation. There is scientific consensus that vaping/eCigs are far better than cigarettes. I’m not even sure if any pharmaceutical lobbyist has made that claim.

    Starting with eCigs and vaping is more expensive than a pack of cigarettes so I seriously doubt your implication that there is some kind of epidemic of eCig usage with young people.

    When I see ignorance like this I usually respond calmly with facts. There is too much inaccuracy with your post to bother.

  8. Rob Terwilliger
    April 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    ” they are as dangerous as regular cigarettes”

    So, to make a statement like this you must know the mortality rate of e-cig users, right? Would you care to enlighten the rest of us as to what those numbers might be?

  9. D.Mcgahan
    April 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Jessica Tanner, you are sadly mistaken about the safety of e-cigarettes. Where I agree minors should not beable to buy them,but they are much safer than cigarettes, you will not find the 4000+ chemicals in e-cigs. The nicotine that is in them is the same nicotine that has been approved by the FDA for the nicotine inhaler, gum,patches and lozenges. Nicotine is not dangerious in small quanitys no more than caffeine. All the things found in e-juice is FDA approved and is used in many things we ingest every day. FDA has just lifted the restrictions off the NRTs to being used more than they once were and people can now smoke while using the NRTs.
    I would like to see your proof of them being as dangerious as cigarettes. It doesnt take a person with a PHD to know that when you get rid of all the chemicals produced by burning tobacco, its much safer. Its obvious you didnt do any research in this matter, and im sure you havent even seen an e-cig up close. The vapor is caused by heating propylene glycol,(found in drugs, food, air ventolation systems in hospitals,inhalers)Vegetable Glycerin,(found in food,drugs,beauty aids) water,food grade flavoring, nicotine. All FDA approved for internal use. None of these cause cancer. PG is a germacide.
    For anyone under 19 in your state to have them then someone is braking the law and selling them to these minors. The start up cost for e-cigs is more expensive than buying cigs so I doubt seriously there is an epademic going on, I believe this is inflated journalizem. Its helping 2.5 million adults away from smoking and death. People that have had a very hard time getting away from smoking until they found e-cigs, including me, having smoked for 40 years and tried all the NRTs and failed. The e-cigs has saved my life and it has addressed the issue of the mental addiction.
    I guess you would reather see people smoke and die. Including minors that maybe addicted to smoking.
    Not one person has died as a direct cause of using an e-cig in 4 years that they have been out. How many have died from smoking?
    Shame on you for not doing any research before you published your garbage here.

  10. Tom Lewis
    April 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Perhaps the editor would like to publish a few facts to go along with their conjured up misinformation.


    Science is a wonderful thing, to bad that so many choose to not become informed.

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