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Teens and e-cigarettes

Created: 03/06/2014 5:39 PM WHEC.com

According to a study released Thursday, more and more teenagers are experimenting with electronic cigarettes. Some experts worry that e-cigarettes are more appealing to kids and could lead to the abuse of other drugs.

It's a billion dollar industry that's apparently becoming more and more appealing to kids. According to a recent study, middle and high school students who used e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke real cigarettes.

The national study finds that in just one year the number of kids who tried e-cigarettes doubled from three percent in 2011 to six and a half percent in 2012.

It’s a problem in our backyard. According to a local youth risk behavior survey, about 92-percent of students in Pittsford say they don't smoke, but about 24 percent of them say they are experimenting with e-cigarettes. The principal of Pittsford Mendon High School says it's a problem across Monroe County that parents need to pay close attention to.

Karl Thielking, Pittsford Mendon High School Principal, said, “They certainly are appealing to teenagers. The fact that they are flavored and the fact that you don't have to light them, so it is easy to smoke it and not have anyone even know and it gives that sense, the thinking becomes that this is a safe thing to do."

Another concern is that experts say kids are using the e-cigarette devices to get high on other drugs. They urge parents to talk to their kids and teach them that e-cigarettes are not cool.



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