I firmly agree with those who oppose the new IQOS (I Quit Ordinary Smoking) system, which heats up nicotine instead of making it a vapor. (“New tobacco device pitched, panned,” May 19). Even if the item uses less nicotine, it’s still nicotine, and I don’t believe we should put that stuff in our bodies, period.
I am a junior at Cloquet Senior High School, and this spring we had an expert from St. Louis County come in and give a detailed presentation on the dangers of not only tobacco but e-cigarettes and Juuls. Our presenter missed no spots and alleviated all possible myths about how vaping is “safe” because it “doesn’t have as much nicotine in it.”
We can all infer that in a few years this new device will be rampantly stocked on the market, and ordinary youth will find ways to exploit the IQOS’s “safer” qualities, using excuses to continue a destructive behavior. Even if the device’s effects aren’t yet known to the public, the IQOS potentially could become what the e-cigarette is now.
The tobacco industry will always disgust me with the ways it markets its products to vulnerable, developing youth. I don’t vape, but I hate seeing my peers fall into such an addictive cycle. The government shouldn’t allow these types of devices to be in the public. To the chagrin of many, however, they are.