Apparently, our youth are in trouble again. So says a recent article from ABC affiliate WHAM located here. The article claims there is a growing trend of youth ingesting e-liquid to catch a buzz. Not only that, but they’re coming up with totally bad ass names like “rock juice” to describe e-liquid. Kids say the darndest things, don’t they? The finale of the article proclaims: “it has become like a new street drug on the internet and teens have no idea how deadly this high can be.”
You know, there are a lot of valid criticisms people have about electronic cigarettes, but the media always seems to go for the lowest common denominator. There are several things wrong with this article. First and foremost, the source! “Chemists at the Monroe County Crime Lab.” Who are these chemists? How did they come into possession of these bottles of e-liquid and how do they know children are consuming them? If you’re going to make a claim like this, you owe us more of an explanation. As it stands, it just reads like some sort of shock jock spiel.
Second, we arrive at the argument that’s been beaten like a dead horse. A dead horse that was buried, dug up, reanimated, and then beaten to death again. Of course, I’m talking about flavored e-liquid. It is widely known that adults can’t enjoy e-juice unless it tastes like boring tobacco flavors. Any adult that would try flavored e-liquid would have to be some sort of degenerate, so it’s clearly targeted at children. Sarcasm aside, when can we retire this argument, the evidence just isn’t there.
In conclusion, we sincerely hope that children are not consuming e-liquid. If they are, it’s a matter of personal responsibility for vendors and parents. In many cases, vendors absolutely need better age verification software, that’s undeniable. Still, if little Billy is borrowing your card to “buy stuff online”, it’s your responsibility to monitor his purchases. You simply can’t punish responsible electronic cigarette users for others mistakes.
Let me know what you think below, but I can’t see any reason why this style of reporting is justified.