E-cigarette use among teens doubles, not FDA regulated

E-cigarette use among teens doubles, not FDA regulated

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An alarming report on kids and smoking: The e-cigarette, battery powered cigarettes that deliver nicotine, is apparently a big hit with teenagers. But they are not regulated by the FDA.

The Centers for Disease Control polled high school students and found the use of e-cigarettes has doubled in the last year. Experts say they are viewed as gadgets - and kids like that.

E-cigarettes deliver nicotine in a vapor and come in different flavors that appeal to young people.

The CDC found that 1-in-10 high school students tried an e-cigarette last year, up from 1-in-20 the year before.

E-cigarettes were introduced to help adults quit smoking. But with middle school and high school students using them, doctors are concerned.

Many kids tried them, without ever having smoked tobacco cigarettes. That pattern has doctors worried that e-cigarettes will get kids hooked on nicotine more easily, leading them to tobacco, which is more harmful.

Chicago's health department has been leading a campaign against menthol cigarettes, to keep kids from trying what is considered a smoother smoke, which they say leads to addiction.

Some states have banned the sale to minors, but not all.

E-cigarette sales have doubled almost every year since they were introduced. They are expected to reach $1 billion this year.

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