Nicotine Prevention

(e) It is unlawful for any person to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to another person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age or to purchase an electronic cigarette on behalf of such person under eighteen (18) years of age.   Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1504

 
  1. Many surveyed e-cigarette companies are promoting their products through sponsorship of youth-oriented events, and some companies are offering free samples of e-cigarettes.
  2. Surveyed e-cigarette companies market e-cigarettes in flavors that appear to be designed to appeal to youth.
  3. E-cigarettes are available for purchase in stores and online by children and teenagers.
  4. Surveyed e-cigarette manufacturers have significantly increased marketing expenditures. 
  5. Many surveyed e-cigarette companies air television and radio advertisements, often with celebrity spokespeople, including during events and programs with youth viewership.
  6. Surveyed e-cigarette companies extensively utilize social media and product websites to promote their products. 
  7. E-cigarette product warning labels lack uniformity and may confuse or mislead consumers.
  8. Most surveyed e-cigarette companies support some form of regulation. 

SmokefreeTXT

This is a free text message cessation service that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking. The initiative is led by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Once they sign up, teens receive text messages timed according to their selected quit date. Following their quit date, they will continue receiving texts for up to six weeks — a critical piece of the SmokefreeTXT service, as research shows that cessation support continues to be important beyond the first few weeks of quitting. Teens can sign up online or text “QUIT” to iQUIT (47848).


National Cancer Institute's Free Help to Quit Smoking 


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