SEVERE WX : Freeze Warning View Alerts

Teen vaping: Health risks and illegal sale prevention

News 18 is wrapping up its series on teen vaping with a look into the health impacts and how teens are getting the devices.

Posted: Feb 4, 2021 4:24 PM
Updated: Feb 4, 2021 7:18 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — IU Health Arnett Pediatrician Dr. Marshall Criswell has seen the impact of teen vaping first hand.

"We've seen lung injury or irritation from vaping," Criswell said. "We've also seen increased addiction to nicotine, in general, from vaping and kids.

He said one of the problems is not knowing that most e-cigarettes contain nicotine.

"So we know that it causes damage to the lungs," Criswell explained. "That seems obvious you're inhaling a substance that's foreign and not good for you."

Local vape shop co-owner Chad Myers said, even if a device contains zero nicotine, teens should not be using it.

"The act of vaping along is what is against the law," Myers said. "It's not what they're vaping."

Myers said his team at The Fog Foundry takes underage vaping very seriously.

"Obviously we follow all the state regulations and guidelines," Myers explained. We go a step above and instead of carding an individual that looks 27 years of age or young, we go 40 years of age or younger."

That includes educating staff.

"We're very persistent on it with the training," he added. "We teach our staff the signs to look for with fake IDs."

The federal minimum age to vape is 21, but Myers said not everyone knows that.
He says family members have tried to buy without knowing the law.

"The biggest problem is going to be the juvenile's siblings, cousins or even mother and father," Myers explained. "They need to know the laws and know that it's not okay to purchase for juveniles."

A lot of the time, Myers says the buyer isn't educated about the devices. That's when his team is trained to ask if the device is for someone else.

If it's being bought for someone underage, then the sale is a no-go.

"Unfortunately we can't sell you that device," said Myers.

He said another problem is convenience stores.

"One, they're not educated on it," explained. "A lot of people, when the federal law changed to 21, you could go into a gas station and the gas station attendant didn't even know. Didn't even know that the law had changed. They were still selling to 18-year-olds, and, you know, there's still a high percentage of 18-year-olds in high school, and they're buying them, taking them into the schools and selling them for a profit."

He said vape shops have a lot more to lose if they don't follow the law.

"If someone got their tobacco license taken at a convenience store, they still have 50 other items or more that they can sell to maintain a business," Myers said. "If we get our license taken from us, we shut down."

According to Criswell, teens who choose to vape have a lot to lose too.


"The brain in an adolescence is still forming," Criswell explained. "So, still developing synopses and turning into that adult brain up until age 25, we know that nicotine can slow down those synapse formation, leading to learning difficulty, memory impairment, mood instability, and other problems."

For resources to educate yourself on the risks of teen vaping, click here.

Lafayette
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 41°
Kokomo
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 33°
Rensselaer
Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 34°
Lafayette
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 41°
Danville
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 37°
Frankfort
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 36°
Frankfort
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 36°
Monticello
Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 34°
Monticello
Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 33°
Logansport
Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 37°
Brief Snow & Freezing Ahead....
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 708067

Reported Deaths: 13224
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion964881721
Lake51704945
Allen39185672
Hamilton34497405
St. Joseph34075540
Elkhart27306432
Vanderburgh22077394
Tippecanoe21818212
Porter17940299
Johnson17526374
Hendricks16803310
Clark12688190
Madison12350337
Vigo12211244
Monroe11462166
LaPorte11140204
Delaware10356184
Howard9662211
Kosciusko9127114
Hancock7979139
Bartholomew7888155
Warrick7684155
Floyd7560176
Wayne6899198
Grant6842171
Boone6552100
Morgan6395138
Dubois6084117
Marshall5783108
Dearborn570076
Cass5684102
Henry5577100
Noble542483
Jackson493269
Shelby479095
Lawrence4342118
Gibson428789
Harrison428170
Clinton419053
Montgomery417986
DeKalb410984
Whitley379639
Huntington379480
Miami372565
Knox366389
Steuben365257
Putnam352660
Jasper350546
Wabash347778
Adams337952
Ripley334668
Jefferson313180
White308354
Daviess289299
Wells286381
Decatur278992
Fayette277162
Greene270685
Posey268833
Scott261153
Clay253444
LaGrange253070
Randolph235680
Washington230931
Spencer227931
Jennings224747
Fountain208745
Sullivan207842
Starke204352
Owen192256
Fulton191739
Jay186129
Carroll185820
Perry180336
Orange177853
Rush170724
Vermillion166043
Franklin165635
Tipton160943
Parke144616
Blackford133831
Pike130334
Pulaski113645
Newton103934
Brown100140
Crawford97614
Benton97113
Martin82815
Warren79615
Switzerland7698
Union69910
Ohio55811
Unassigned0409

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events