- Conner Jackson
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the details were shared by Meier during a Thursday presentation on the U of I Moscow campus. He pointed to increasingly popular e-cig and hookah flavors, such as "Waikiki watermelon, tutti frutti and blue water punch," as especially appealing to adolescents.
"Tobacco companies are all about getting you to use," said Meier. "The younger you are when you start to use, the higher the probability you are going to use my product for a long time."
Meier also shared the sobering statistic that when adolescents flirt with addictive substances before age 13, "70 percent of those people will develop a substance abuse disorder within the next seven years."
"That's a major issue," he added.
Meier also said research indicated that, nationwide, 7.4 percent of adolescents 12 to 17 years old had used marijuana in the past 30 days.
"Most youth don't see marijuana as harmful," he said.