The Norman Transcript

September 10, 2013

Teens and e-cigarettes

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A new study on electronic cigarettes has sent worries through the public health community.

The study suggests teenagers may be getting their first taste of nicotine through e-cigarettes and then moving on to traditional tobacco products.

The Centers for Disease Control study comes as teen tobacco smoking rates have declined. There are fears the e-cigarette craze could eventually lead to more teen smoking. Studies show teens today are just as likely to smoke marijuana as they are tobacco.

With flavors like mint and chocolate, the e-cigarettes have become attractive to the younger crowd. Some are advertised as healthier alternatives to traditional tobacco products, but the jury is still out on the battery-powered cigarette’s health risks.

The federal government does not regulate e-cigarettes. More than 20 states have banned the sale to minors.