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Concern Over Growing Teen Use of E-Cigs

A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says use of electronic cigarette devices among middle and high school students tripled between 2013 and 2014. According to the New York Times, “Two favorite flavors of teenagers interviewed were Sweet Tart and Unicorn Puke, which one student described as ‘every flavor Skittle compressed into one.’” While e-cigarettes are substantially less harmful than traditional cigarettes (and some teens may be using them in order to quit smoking), there is concern that—with their candy flavors and cutesy names—they serve as a new pathway to nicotine addiction. The CDC “warned that e-cigarettes were undoing years of progress among the country’s most vulnerable citizens by making the act of puffing on a tobacco product normal again, and by introducing nicotine, an addictive substance, to a broad population of teenagers.”

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