Tobacco Class May Keep Your Teen Away From E-Cigs

by Mike Miller November 12, 2013

With electronic cigarettes surge in popularity is it any surprise that teens are using them too? As a parent of a teen, e-cigarettes frighten me.

The share of middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes doubled in 2012 from the previous year, federal data show. The rise is prompting concerns among health officials that the new devices could be creating as many health problems as they are solving. As reported in

One in 10 high school students said they had tried an e-cigarette last year, according to a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from one in 20 in 2011. About 3 percent said they had used one in the last 30 days. In total, 1.8 million middle and high school students said they had tried e-cigarettes in 2012.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine that is vaporized to form an aerosol mist. Producers promote them as a healthy alternative to smoking, but researchers say their health effects are not yet clear, though most acknowledge that they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

One of the biggest concerns among health officials is the potential for e-cigarettes to become a path to smoking among young people who otherwise would not have experimented. The survey found that most students who had tried e-cigarettes had also smoked cigarettes.

It is difficult enough to explain the dangers of nicotine addiction to an adolescent without all the rhetoric spewing out about how e-cigarettes are the “healthy” alternative to tobacco cigarettes. What do you think?

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