The classic, debated topic among young adults has always been the responsibilities that ought to be granted to those that might lack a certain level of life experience. Should teens be able to make these decisions about certain subtances or occuations? We can’t forget that every individul has the right to make decisions within the law. But we also have to ruminate on how far the law should go. Obviously, if a person not “of age” plans to act irresponsibly and irrationally while bearing these rights, the laws currently in place are justified, not only through the protection of that individual, but also through the protection of others. On the other hand, some people are able to make mature decisions while facing these reserved privelages, which brings into question how far this restriction should extend. While I do believe this age-based legislation is appropriate, it doesn’t necessarily apply to every under-aged person.
No matter whether you think (a) that trying of an e-cigarette is a causal gateway to later smoking that would not have otherwise happened or (b) that those who are more likely to try cigarettes are more likely to try e-cigarettes, once products become available to users, how these products are marketed influence which products are preferred . What is said and done about vaping can promote gateways to cigarettes. If you show more concern about vaping than smoking or if you downplay the deadly risks of smoking, you encourage young people to switch to cigarettes.