WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Starting August 1, north country Kinney Drugs stores will no longer carry electronic cigarettes and vaping products.
Jefferson County Health educator Lisa Lagos says taking a product like this off the drug store’s shelves is helpful.
“If there is less exposure, then hopefully less people will be engaging in the activity of using e-cigarettes,” said Lagos.
In a news release, Kinney Drugs says the decision to pull the products came after a study on young people using vaping products.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that between 2017 and 2018, e-cigarette usage grew 78 percent among high school aged students and 48 percent among middle school aged students.
E-cigarettes don’t have any tobacco but they do contain nicotine.
“Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. It’s harmful to the developing brain so we know that e-cigarettes are definitely harmful for kids, teenagers, and young adults because their brains are still developing. We know that e-cigarettes also contain cancer causing chemicals,” said Lagos.
She says that people who use e-cigarettes are four times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes in the future.
One parent of a high school student says with so many places selling e-cigarettes, one chain pulling them isn’t going to stop the problem.
“I think it’s a really good idea, although I think kids are going to find it wherever they can though. I mean, if kids are really, you know, adamant about smoking and you know if parents don’t really care about if their child wants to smoke, then I think they are going to find access to it regardless,” said Jennifer Steele, parent.
We reached out to Kinney Drugs, but the company declined to comment.