Will this step by the #1 flavored e-cigarette company, Juul, have an impact? Beloved kid flavors will be brought back to market when a vigorous id system is in place at point of sale. That regulation will target age, but will it ultimately make a dent in sales to minors if those flavors are reintroduced?
Gloucester adopted the ban on sale of flavored e-cigarettes to minors in May 2018. Middle and high school kids find them. They pool money and buy from older friends and contacts. Some of the sellers are upcharging and making money. One can smell the sweet stench in stadium stands and public bathrooms across the country. 2018 slang is ‘get rips’, though that shelf life is probably dated as I write this post. Beyond the significant and scary health consequences, building maintenance takes a hit. These products are wreaking havoc on facilities in public buildings (ask your schools) – pods are a new winner topping any “what not to flush down toilet” lists.
Juul’s annoucement covered in today’s news https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/13/health/juul-ecigarettes-vaping-teenagers.html
“WASHINGTON — Facing mounting government pressure and a public backlash over the epidemic of teenage vaping, Juul Labs announced on Tuesday that it would stop selling most of its flavored e-cigarette pods in retail stores and would discontinue its social media promotions. The decision by the San Francisco-based company, which has more than 70 percent of the e-cigarette market share in the United States, was made as the Food and Drug Administration moved forward with a plan to ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations. The agency was expected to announce its formal plan, which also included stepping up the requirements for age verification of online sales of flavored e-cigarette products, later this week.
In recent months, the F.D.A. has mounted an increasingly aggressive campaign against the major manufacturers of vaping products that appeal to youths, focusing particularly on Juul. The company’s sleek product resembles a flash-drive and has been sold in flavors like creme and mango, leading public health officials to criticize the company and others for appearing to market directly to teenagers who are especially vulnerable to nicotine addiction.”
The first time I read about the surge at schools was in an Oct 2017 Gillnetter article by graduate Caroline Enos. Here’s a link to a follow up she wrote explaining the ban (May 2018):
It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem.
John Ronan, a poet, playwright, journalist and a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellow in Literature, shares two sonnets: “The Parlor” and “The Lesson.” And the very short, “Arrowhead.”
The bifacial point, found in a potato
field in Maine, is still sharp,
a Micmac weapon or crafted heart
knapped from the whole cloth of stone.
Flint’s a slap in the face, elegist
relic only as long as you look.
Says: crow shadow and opaque.
Adds: I will exist without witness.
-John J. Ronan
John Ronan served as Gloucester’s Poet Laureate 2008-2010, maintaining the website resource dedicated to Gloucester poets, Gloucester Poet Laureate, and producing Salt and Light: An Anthology of Gloucester Poetry, published spring 2010. He is the host of the Cape Ann TV (now 1623 studios) program, The Writer’s Block. His most recent anthology is Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown. He read “We, Helsmen” at Mayor Romeo Theken’s 2018 Inauguration. Ronan helped to establish Poetry without Paper; the 12th annual deadline for this beloved annual tradition is approaching. Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Libraray childrens services Poetry Without Paper 2018 contest