Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Adults Worry E-Cigarettes Will Encourage Teen Smoking

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Adults Worry E-Cigarettes Will Encourage Teen Smoking

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Adults nationwide worry about the use of e-cigarettes by children and teens, with 44% believing the devices will en-courage kids to use tobacco products, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan.

Nearly half of the parents surveyed are concerned their child will try e-cigarettes, which are battery-operated devices that look like cigarettes but don't burn tobacco.

E-cigarettes have replaceable cartridges of liquid containing nicotine, which is inhaled as a vapor along with flavors like chocolate, fruit, candy, or even tobacco (see "Health Wise" in last month's issue for more on e-cigarettes).

"This poll shows high levels of concern about e-cigarettes and the possibility that kids who try them could start smoking tobacco," says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hos-pital National Poll on Children's Health.

In the poll, which was administered in November 2013 to 2,124 adults age 18 and over, arguments were presented both for and against e-cigarettes. Then adults were asked for their opinions about the devices and possible regulations and laws.

Advocates of e-cigarettes say they are a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking and argue it may help smokers to quit.

Critics counter that e-cigarettes may have health risks and may encour-age people and kids or teens to smoke tobacco. …

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