The e-cigarette industry has often been the target of governments, in addition to the general public, because of the debatable claim that vaping is appealing to youth and getting hooked on nicotine at early ages.
However, as you can see from the video below, e-cigarettes are not the only way that kids can get their hands on nicotine products. In fact, e-cigarette retailers have been even more vigilant than ever in terms of asking younger-looking customers for ID because of the stigmas surrounding their businesses.
But e-cigarettes are not the only way that youth can get their hands on nicotine. The 11-year old shown in this video was able to buy nicotine gum without ID, and the cashier seemed to have no reluctance in selling it to a minor. Although nicotine gum is considered to be a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), it still contains a substance that is addictive and can cause harm to young people.
So why aren’t pharmacies such as these being cracked down on when it comes to children and nicotine? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.