Monetary and Legal Costs of Vaping
According to the Journal of Nurse Practitioners, a vaping addiction does more than just harm your body, it harms your wallet too. They estimate that a vaping habit can cost an individual anywhere from $530 to $1300 a year. This number varies depending on the type of vape used and the frequency of use, but in any case is a staggering amount for a teen without an income or making minimum wage. For example, buying one pack of juul pods a week, every week, would cost over $800 a year in New York City, and this number rises for many of those outside of the state of New York. Vaping is not only an unhealthy habit but is an expensive one as well. The cost becomes even more hefty when considering the possible legal repercussions of vaping. The state laws around vaping vary and are constantly changing as the teen vaping scene rapidly expands. In the majority of states vaping when under 18 is illegal. Teens can face heavy fines of up to $800, and depending on the state, may lose their driver's license, have to go to court, or even do community service. Additionally, many college campuses and recently the city of San Francisco have banned the use of e-cigarettes, making teen vape use even more illicit. In summary, the cost of youth vaping is already expensive on a monetary level but becomes even greater when considering the legal repercussions that could follow.