A recent editorial in The New York Times sites a recent CDC report showing a notable increase in the use of electronic cigarettes among teenagers. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that turn liquid nicotine into a vapor inhaled by the user. While some believe they are safer than cigarettes because they don’t contain all the carcinogens and other toxic substances found in tobacco smoke, nicotine — delivered in any manner — can impair adolescent brain development, is extremely addictive and can be dangerous at very high doses to people of all ages. The editorial notes that E-cigarette makers, whose ranks now include some big tobacco companies, are mounting a serious effort to attract young smokers with fruit and candy flavors. They have begun aggressive marketing campaigns that use celebrity endorsements and themes that appeal to young people. Many states, including South Dakota, have been successful in blocking attempts to weaken their statewide smoke free law by exempting electronic cigarettes. For more on this editorial, CLICK HERE.
Increase in E-Smoking Among Teenagers