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article imageE-cigarettes could be tempting youths into smoking

By James Walker     Aug 26, 2014 in Lifestyle
A new report has indicated that the electronic cigarettes currently flooding the smoking market could be proving tempting to youngsters looking to start the practice, lending evidence to the argument that "e-cigs" encourage youth smoking.
Reuters reports on how a team from the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention found that over 250,000 teens who had never smoked tried an electronic cigarette in 2013. In 2011, the figure was just a third of that.
The study was published in the Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal and also found another alarming statistic. Of the 250,000 non-smoking youths who tried an e-cigarette for the first time in 2013, a further 43.9 percent intended to smoke a conventional cigarette within the next year.
A basic e-cigarette is just a reusable metal-tube with an electric heating component. The user inserts capsules of flavoured liquids that are later smoked; these are laced with nicotine that is released as a tar-less vapour when the user puffs, heating the substance.
Last year, a lowest ever rate of 15.7 percent of US teenagers reported smoking but this week's report has reignited concerns over whether that could be soon be reversed as oblivious youngsters try e-cigarettes before moving onto conventional ones. The e-cigarette industry is currently worth $20 billion and some analysts believe that e-cigs could outsell conventional cigarettes by 2020.
The US is now fighting back and resisting the rise in youngsters using the devices though: earlier this month, 29 states urged the FDA to strengthen its rules protecting young people from nicotine addiction — rules which many people believe are far too relaxed as they still allow online sales and advertising of e-cigarettes to under-18s.
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