There is an e-cigarette epidemic amongst young adults, and New York is trying to end it. Syracuse.com reports that New York is poised to become the latest state to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21, which is in response to the surge in e-cigarette usage amongst young adults in the past 5 years.
“I sell three times as many JUULs as I do cigarettes,” said Maurice Krohn, the owner of the Syracuse shop Student Choice. “E-cigarettes for my business total about 35 to 40 percent while the cigarette business was never that much.”
And even though they may seem harmless, e-cigarettes are filled with nicotine and other chemicals, which can cause heavy addiction and harm the developing brain of a young adult.
“It’s definitely a part of my daily routine,” said Nicolas Sklavos, who claims he’s been addicted to e-cigarettes since he was in high school. “It’s honestly pretty stupid that I do it, but it’s pretty fun.”
E-cigarettes have taken over college campuses, and with the new laws set to be put in place, we’ll see just how much effect it has on its popularity in the future