Kids and E-Cigarettes: Better than Butt-Chugging? Nick Gillespie in Time.

I've got a piece up at arguing that parents shouldn't get too upset at news that kids are trying e-cigarettes in increasing numbers. Here's the opening:

Suffer the little children: When they’re not busy organizing rainbow parties, butt-chugging beer, home-brewing jenkem (look it up, preferably on an empty stomach), or dropping LSD and staring into the sun until they go blind, they are devising far-more pedestrian ways to freak out their parents.

The latest social panic related to the kids these days involves them – wait for it – experimenting with a safer alternative to smoking tobacco. What kind of monsters are we raising, exactly?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that over the past couple of years the percentage of middle- and high-school students who have ever tried electronic cigarettes has doubled. That ostensibly shocking finding has led to a rush of frenzied stories breathlessly detailing how “teens could be on the way to a life-long addiction.”

But before you drop your martini glass and start rifling through your kids’ dresser drawers looking for their stash, take a deep, calming breath. Maybe hit the yoga studio. Go to your happy place. As with most worrying trends related to kids, there’s much less here to worry about than it might seem at first blush.

Whole thing here.

Katherine Mangu-Ward covered the CDC report at Reason. Read her take here.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Just wait until they start selling candy e-cigarettes to the kids.

  • Paul.||

    I prefer the real candy cigarettes.

  • Brandon||

    candy cigarettes tasted like talcum powder and earwax. Except for the bubble gum ones with the powdered sugar in the wrapper. Those were awesome, because you cold actually blow smoke out of them. And then rip the paper off and chew the gum.

  • Brett L||

    Time is so desperate for views they'll publish libertarians?

  • Scarcity||

    With a full-body shot we might have some competition for Lobster Girl.

    That said, shouldn't a libertarian site have a mascot involved in something more risque than smoking safer cigarettes or displaying the day's catch?

    And of course, TIWTANLW

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    We demand SOURCE!

  • Zeb||

    Side boob! Not enough side boob.

  • Zeb||

    Nothing is better than butt-chugging. Or at least nothing is better than the fact that butt-chugging is a thing.

  • Robert||

    Am I the only one who saw the headline, "Nick Gillespie in Time", by the photo of the lady, and thought, I can hardly wait?

  • Robert||

    It's the leather! If only Don McCloskey had known, he could've saved a bundle.

  • nilecroc||

    The one comment there claims that e-cigs are bad for the environment and says a pacifier would suffice.

  • BakedPenguin||

    It got a good reply.

  • Scarcity||

    I don't want it bad enough to create a account, but I want to reply "Know what else is environmentally friendly and orally satisfying?"

    Feel free to steal.

  • Loki||

    "Know what else is environmentally friendly and orally satisfying?"

    That chick in the first picture?

  • LarryA||

    a pacifier would suffice

    But we need to ban pacifiers (as California has) because of rave.

  • LynchPin1477||

    How is there no alt-text for that first picture?

  • Being Waterboarded||

    It's so you can close your eyes and imagine your own, first-person alt text.

  • Robert||

    Who needs alt text? Nick Gillespie is going to look like that some day!

  • Floridian||

    I think homophobia will be dead in this country soon. Evidence? 10 years ago no male would put a tube up his but and not think it was gay, much less in front of a bunch of his bros.

  • Paul.||

    I was thinking something along the same lines... I mean, not so much the gay angle... but who would lie down in front of a group of people, jam a tube up your ass and let people pour beer into it? And who handles the tube after that? These are questions that are on my mind?


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