The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the packaging on some e-cigarette products is too similar to the packaging of kid-friendly foods. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says he wants companies to take responsibility for targeting underage users. He also wants to prevent accidental nicotine poisoning. If a kid mistakes vaping liquid for something like a juice box, it could "result in serious harm or even death."
Class discussion: Just how deadly is the liquid used for e-cigarettes? How addictive is nicotine? Should companies be sued or held criminally responsible for designing addictive or dangerous products to appeal to children? What other “adult” products have been designed or advertised in a way to attract kids? Do you know anyone under the age of 18 who “vapes”? How about smoking cigarettes??
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