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Maine’s Legal Smoking Age to Become 21

A controversial new law that raises the legal age for purchasing cigarettes to 21 may push young adults into purchasing the products illegally, Maine Public reports. Both the state Senate and House had to override the governor’s veto to make the proposal a law. Opponents said the law would hurt grocery and convenience stores; proponents said it will save lives.

The upside of this is that, yes, fewer young people may begin smoking. The downside, however, is they may switch to e-cigarettes, which are just as dangerous to your health. If you smoke e-cigarettes, there's a good chance you're doing so in order to reduce your health risks compared to smoking tobacco cigarettes. But, you should know that even e-cigarettes come with risks, including exposure to the "popcorn lung" chemical diacetyl and other chemicals with every puff.

The dangers of e-cigs may not be as obvious as those of traditional smokes, but according to CDC, accidental poisonings are one side effect that is soaring, most notably among small children who come in contact with liquid refills for vapor versions. Besides diacetyl, e-cigarettes contain many other chemicals designed to make you enjoy, and want more of, them.

E-cigarette advocates claim vaping can help you quit tobacco, but they don't tell you the whole story. For example, researchers found smoking a mere 10 puffs of an e-cigarette increases your risk of heart disease. Within the first hour of smoking an e-cigarette, researchers discovered a rise in endothelial progenitor cells of the same scale as smoking one traditional cigarette.

Most of the major U.S. tobacco companies have created electronic cigarette products. It would be business suicide to believe the tobacco industry would develop and market a product they believe would damage their company profits. Don’t be lured by fancy advertising and false promises.
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