E-cigarettes pros, cons and are they for minors? - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

E-cigarettes pros, cons and are they for minors?

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas Lawmakers passed a bill on Friday to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors with a 76 to 8 vote. Many people around town were shocked that a minor could purchase them prior to the ban.

 "I actually had no idea that minors could purchase e-cigarettes," said Jonesboro Resident Samantha Ramsdell.

 The battery operated devices contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals.

Although, they are not a traditional cigarette, they can still be harmful.

 "I don't think minors should be purchasing a substance that's addictive. They do contain nicotine so I don't disagree with them banning the sale to minors of e-cigarettes," said Jonesboro Resident Jonathan Lowrey.

 With flavors like mint and cherry, e-cigarettes may appeal to a younger crowd.

 "Being a junior high art teacher, I deal with young student's everyday and I just can't imagine having my students being negatively influenced to smoke an e-cigarette," Ramsdell said.

 For many smokers, e-cigarettes are used to help quit the habit of smoking. So why would minors need to smoke them in the first place?

 "There not supposed to purchase cigarettes anyways so why would they try to purchase something that's supposed to help them quit," said Jonesboro Resident Cathy Foster.

 Some believe that a minor getting their hands on an e-cigarette could potentially lead them to smoking traditional cigarettes.

"It gives students access to e-cigarettes and they're going to think in the future that it's ok for them to smoke actual cigarettes," Ramsdell said.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Man kicks deputy in head, police say

    Man kicks deputy in head, police say

    Monday, September 25 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:38:09 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:54:59 GMT
    Logan Dustin Stricker (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)Logan Dustin Stricker (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

    A Greene County man faces a multitude of charges after he reportedly kicked a Greene County Sheriff's deputy in the head, authorities said Monday. 

    A Greene County man faces a multitude of charges after he reportedly kicked a Greene County Sheriff's deputy in the head, authorities said Monday. 

  • Baby boomers also interested in smartphones, study shows

    Baby boomers also interested in smartphones, study shows

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:58 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:58:07 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:37:11 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Young people and young adults may not be the only technically adept members of their family, according to a recent study from a cell phone company. 

    Young people and young adults may not be the only technically adept members of their family, according to a recent study from a cell phone company. 

  • Family requests rezoning for miniature horses

    Family requests rezoning for miniature horses

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:35:13 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:24:09 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Paragould family is a step closer to having their miniature horses living on their property as the city discussed an ordinance that would rezone their property from residential to agriculture. The property is located in the 3,000-block of Finch Road.

    A Paragould family is a step closer to having their miniature horses living on their property as the city discussed an ordinance that would rezone their property from residential to agriculture. The property is located in the 3,000-block of Finch Road.

Powered by Frankly