E-cigarettes may tempt non-smoking teens to smoke

E-cigarettes may be tempting non-smoking teens to try smoking, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And once they try the e-cigarettes, they are more likely to give conventional cigarettes a try.

They study, based on nationally representative surveys, found that more than a quarter of a million teens who had never smoked used an e-cigarette in 2013, a number that has tripled since 2011.

In addition, teens who smoked e-cigarettes were twice as likely to say they would try a conventional cigarette in the next year, compared to those who had never smoked an e-cigarette.

E-cigarettes are reusable metal tube devices that contain nicotine-laced liquids and come in a variety of flavors. When the user puffs, the nicotine is heated and released as a vapor. Unlike normal cigarette smoke, it contains no tar.

In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. But the rules would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which critics say can attract children and young teens to the product.

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