There’s a lot of buzz about e-cigs – electronic cigarettes.
They may look like cigarettes, but aren’t.
Vaping seems to be catching on: not only with adults, but with middle and high school students.
Most of them -- more than three fourths – also smoked regular cigarettes.
Recent studies suggest e-cig vapor contains much lower levels of toxic substances than regular cigarette smoke. But both contain nicotine. It’s not only addicting. It can adversely affect the developing adolescent brain. And e-cigs may be a gateway to regular cigarettes for young people.
Most states have no restrictions on e-cig sales to minors. And they’re easily available on hundreds of web sites. More study and more regulation is needed.