E-Cigarettes growing in popularity among high school students
Andy Gilmar is the manager of Madvapes in Columbia and says that many adults enjoy flavored e-cigarettes.
There are many flavors for e-cigarettes.
By: Ryan Toland
It's an increasingly popular trend. Many high school student students are vaping electronic cigarettes instead of tobacco.
The Centers for Disease Control reports roughly more than two million high school students tried e-cigarettes compared to last year, a rate that has nearly tripled since 2013. Andrew Legg is a freshman at the University of South Carolina and has been vapping since high school.
"I personally have asthma and this a lot better on my longs than regular smoking," said Legg.
Both e-cigarettes and tobacco contain nicotine, but e-cigarettes don't have to. They are powered by battery, heating flavored vegetable glycerin, propolyne glychol and other chemicals, creating vapor when inhaled. Legg says that there's another separating factor between the two.
"It's more convenient, it doesn't smell, it doesn't bother people," said Legg.
However, health experts are concerned that because some of the cartridges are flavored like candy and fruit they may attract customers. CDC director Tom Frieden was previously quoted as saying we want parents to know that nicotine is dangerous for kids at any age whether it's an e-cigarette, hookah, cigarette or cigar.
"There is that concern where they're saying that we have flavors that are designed for children. I think that's very irresponsible for them to say that because there are plenty of adults out there who enjoy candy and other flavors as that and not just children. It's not designed for that. It's designed for people who are looking for something they enjoy," said Andy Gilmar, store manager for Madvapes in Columbia.
Gilmar says that Madvapes employees make sure to card their customers and do not sell to minors.
"It's things like Instagram and Youtube. People see these tricks you can do with vapor. I think that might be contributing towards younger people who might have a little bit more time on their hand," said Gilmar.
Gilmar says it's up to the person to be responsible with any product.