In the age of online shopping when the world is at a click away, a new study has found that this medium is becoming increasingly famous among the American teens as far as buying e-cigarettes are concerned.
The study also showed that most popular online shopping sites dealing with electronic cigarette fail to verify their clients’ age, and end up selling the smoking devices to people under 18. Even the online shopping is making availability of modern cigarettes possible as well as easy for teens in the states that have banned their sale to minors.
The North Carolina-based researchers surveyed 11 teens aged 14 to 17 who didn’t smoke and tried to buy e-cigs via online shopping from 98 most popular vendors.
North Carolina has made the sale of e-cigarettes to minors illegal.
Rebecca S. Williams, study author who is a public health researcher at the University of North Carolina, said, “Without strictly enforced federal regulations, online e-cigarette vendors have little motivation to decrease profits by spending the time and money it takes to properly verify customers’ age and reject underage buyers.”
During the study, the researchers found that only five of the 98 online orders were turned down following a failed age verification. 18 orders failed due to the issues unrelated to age, such as website glitches. The research showed 75 minors ended up with successful orders.
The researchers were shocked when they came to known that none of the online companies tried to confirm age at the time of delivery. 95 percent of the time, the orders were just left at the doorsteps of the teen without bothering to verify age, the survey showed.
According to the researchers, the glaring findings have raised huge concerns over the rampant use of electronic cigarettes among the youths. Moreover, it is also putting at stake the federal government’s efforts to check the use of modern smoking devices by teens.