More Teens Are Using E-Cigarettes Than Ever
According to a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), twice as many middle and high school students are now trying e-cigarettes than in previous years. Health officials are concerned, saying the e-cigarettes, originally rumored to he a “harmless” version of cigarettes, could be causing as many health problems as they are supposedly fixing.
E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, use batteries in order to create a nicotine mist which users smoke like a regular burning cigarette. Although e-cigarette marketers say these smokeless cigarettes are healthier, researchers agree that their health consequences aren’t clear yet. The FDA is not yet regulating e-cigarettes and research into their effects has only recently begun. We can only hope that the myths about e-cigarettes get busted soon, before too many teens make a potentially dangerous decision to try them.
Teens we've spoken to told us electronic cigarettes are seen as “healthier” than regular cigarettes. Experts seem to agree, hypothesizing that the rise in e-cigarette use is mainly due to intense marketing towards teens, including the use of many “flavored” varieties. Unfortunately, Dr. Thomas Friedan, the director of the CDC, has said that the teen brain is more vulnerable to nicotine, and that e-cigarettes could act as a gateway experience to regular cigarettes.