I listened to it for all five of my classes today and broiled worse the more I heard it and then thought about this unconscionable act.
First, you have to know a term. The smoking of an electronic cigarette is called vaping.
The speaker in the podcast explains what kids do, "The kids were smoking an electronic cigarette, sometimes called a vape pen. It's a hand-held, battery-powered device that vaporizes a liquid, which is often infused with nicotine. You inhale the vapor through a mouthpiece, and exhale what looks like smoke, which can smell like candy."
Which can smell like candy.
Yeah. Can't get much more transparent than that.
None of these products are currently regulated by the FDA.
See, Tasty Vapor scents its smoke (which contains nicotine) with flavors and aromas appealing to kids such as gummy bear and cotton candy. While kids can set and adjust the amount of nicotine with the right equipment, Braithwaiter speaks out of both sides of his mouth and suggests his product helps people "doomed to a life of smoking" and casually notes that, sure, kids might find it intriguing too.
While purposely marketing it towards kids who I am sure he hopes become condemned target customers doomed to a life of smoking.
Believing that his product can help addicted adult smokers is one thing, but nothing good comes out of his marketing and preying on adolescents.
Braithwaiter, you are the predatory Joe Camel incarnate. You are targeting kids, kids who don't smoke.
And you are turning them into smokers.
Many of my students claimed not to know much about it; some showed a curiosity. We saw that they are for sale on eBay and various websites. I took a peak at the Instagram hashtag mentioned in the podcast (#vapelife) and saw hundreds of images of young people vaping in addition to images of the paraphernalia.
So, after decades of teaching and coaxing kids off of cigarettes, the world has spawned another unconscionable opportunist.
The best way to fight it, as always, is to educate yourself and educate your kids. Because if you don't explain it to them then they will either make up their own answers or end up duped by predatory companies like Tasty Vapor.