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CDC says more teenagers are trying e-cigarettes

While the number of teenagers smoking cigarettes has gone down, the number of those who get their nicotine fix from electronic cigarettes is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – While the number of teenagers smoking cigarettes has gone down, the number of those who get their nicotine fix from electronic cigarettes is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In New York, you have to be 18 years old to buy e-cigarettes – but that isn’t the case everywhere, or online.

"This is definitely a concern for parents, because it doesn't matter where the nicotine comes from because if a kid gets addicted to nicotine they are going to be seeking it out for the rest of their lives,” said Upstate Cancer Center Medical Director Leslie Kohman.

The CDC says 88 percent of adult smokers say they were addicted by the time they turned 18.

Teens are among those who are turning to e-cigarettes to get their fix.

E-cigarettes create a nicotine vapor you can inhale.

The study shows that the number of high-school students who tried e-cigs from 2011 to 2012 nearly doubled.

“I think it's a really dangerous trend because this is a way to get kids to be addicted to nicotine,” Kohman said. “Nicotine is the most addictive substance that we know – it’s more addictive than crack cocaine, and all nicotine comes from tobacco – the e-cigarettes don't have the other components of the smoke. However they have never been proved safe, their manufacturer is not regulated, and they are not controlled in any way.”

E-Cigarettes are not currently approved or regulated by the FDA.

Many are calling for more controls to put in place.

The CDC say that approximately 5 percent of high school students also say they smoke from a hookah at least once a month.

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