E-cigarette use on the rise in school

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by DR. WENDY SUE SWANSON

KING5.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 8:49 AM

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report last week found that 1-in-10 high school students now report having used an E-cigarette. The E-cigarettes are not FDA approved and are not regulated.

What are E-cigarettes?

  • Battery powered heater with synthetic liquid nicotine
  • Use gets puff of hot gas that feels like tobacco smoke
  • Some people believe this can help you quit smoking
  • Data to support use for teens is absent
  • Currently unregulated, children of any age can buy

 
CDC report on E-cigarettes

  • Use of E-cigarettes doubled in one year for students
  • 1-in-10 high school students have used e-cigarettes
  • Use doubled for middle school students
  • 80 percent of high school students who use e-cigarettes also smoke regular cigarettes

 
What parents need to know

  • E-cigarette safety is untested
  • Nicotine is highly addictive
  • Use in high school is rising
  • FDA regulation likely coming, but there is ongoing marketing
  • Use may lead to nicotine addiction
     

Related links:
 
E-Cigarettes Under Fire (WebMD)
 
E-Cigarettes in High School Students
 
CDC Report on Teens And E-Cigarette Use

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