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- “Even though I haven’t touched a cigarette in five years, the pull is always there. It’s so easy to go and buy a pack. And I don’t want to do that,” Danielle Jones said. “The only route I can see going forward if there is a ban is to try to create the product myself at home.”
- As more states, cities and even the federal government consider banning flavored nicotine, thousands of do-it-yourself vapers like Jones are flocking to social media groups and websites to learn how to make e-liquids at home.
- “To have people mixing their own e-cigarette liquid is crazy.” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine and the director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California-San Francisco.
- Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of community health sciences at Boston University, worries about the risk of contaminated products as some people use the bans as an opportunity to make their own concoctions cheaply and sell them on the black market. “Who knows what they’re going to put in there?” Siegel said. “This is just what happens when you use prohibition as a regulatory approach.
- Alex Clark, CEO of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA), said he plans to warn the nonprofit’s more than 200,000 members about the dangers of making e-liquid at home. Clark notes that people should not use flavors found in the baking aisle of a grocery store.
- Citation: Jenny Gold, November 12, 2019, Kaiser Health News KQED