What Is The Legal Age To Smoke The Electric Cigarette Legally?

The electric cigarette is a great way to help smokers get over their cravings for nicotine and actually feel like they are smoking. One of the best things about these new devices is that smokers can get the same sensation of smoking without all the deadly chemicals that come with it. Although, just like real cigarettes, you have to be a certain age to use them.

I’ve heard that smoking companies are beginning to manufacture new electronic cigarettes that emit pure water vapor rather than smoke, and contain no chemicals, other than nicotine in some, and carcinogens that can cause lung cancer. How old do you have to be to buy and/or smoke one of these in the United States?

Since the electric cigarette contains nicotine, anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed to purchase or smoke them in public. One of the reasons why is because the FDA doesn’t want people to start smoking at a young age. Even though these electric cigarettes are healthier and safer, the legal age to smoke them is 18 or above.

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4 Responses to What Is The Legal Age To Smoke The Electric Cigarette Legally?

  1. Jess August 15, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    They have actually been around a while. I believe the first one was sold in since 2004 and the first patent was in 2003. Over the last few years are become main stream.

    They generally contain Propylene Glycol and/or Vegetable glycerin, flavoring and nicotine (you can get it without nicotine). There is a heating element called an atomizer that warms the solution of ingredients listed above to create a vapor that you inhale & exhale. So it is not technically water vapor.

    It is a fantastic alternative to smoking, it is cheaper then traditional cigarettes and doesn’t contain many of the chemical either. I’m not saying they are 100% healthy, but the studies I have read say they are better for you then traditional cigarettes. There isn’t long term clinical research available yet, so we don’t know the long term effects.

    It is designed for smokers, so if you aren’t one, you probably shouldn’t use one even with no nicotine. It’s not a toy. I assume that because you are asking the question you are not of legal smoking age. Not trying to be mean, but law makers are trying to ban them, one argument is that kids will start using them. So if you are under 18, please don’t help their cause and ruin a good thing for the rest of us.

    Responsible vendors don’t sell to anyone under 18 and a few states have laws making it illegal to sell to anyone under 18. I don’t know if there are specific laws regarding the age to smoke it.
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  2. Shi August 15, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    don’t know that,google it
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  3. Silo August 15, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    You have to be 18 or older in order to purchase an e-cig. There are no laws mandating this, I believe, but for the sake of responsibility, manufacturers will not sell to a minor.

    Legally a minor could use one, since it’s technically not classified as a tobacco product.
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  4. ??? August 15, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I am 18, i have smoked for a long time. Recently, i have bought mini electronic cigarette at http://www.solarcigarette.com, and there is a lot of imformation about e-cigs at this website, you can try to vist it. i hope what i said can be helpful to you.
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