Electronic Cigarettes Motivate Youth to Smoke: CDC

Electronic Cigarettes Motivate Youth to Smoke: CDC

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs motivate young people, especially college and school going teenagers, to smoke, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A report released on Monday by a team of researchers at CDC confirms that the modern cigarettes are more attractive to non-smokers, mostly youths, than the traditional ones.

The study is based on youth surveys performed nationwide. At the time of the study, researchers found that more than a quarter million nonsmokers' teenagers and youth used an e-cig in 2013, which is three times more than 2011.

"We are very concerned about nicotine use among our youth, regardless of whether it comes from conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products. Not only is nicotine highly addictive, it can harm adolescent brain development", Dr. Tim McAfee, director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, said in a statement.

Researchers examined data from three years, 2011, 2012, and 2013, collected from the National Youth Tobacco Surveys of students in grades 6-12. By studying it, they found that more than 263,000 people who never smoked a regular cigarette used modern option in 2013; it is major increase from 79,000 in 2011.

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April projected grouping of electronic-cigarettes as tobacco products with addition of warning labels and imposition of rules, including ban on their sales to those under 18.

Attorneys General from 29 states had advised the federal health body to tougher rules to keep the people, especially youth away from nicotine addiction.

New rules are also proposed by American Heart Association to prevent the sales and marketing of e-cigarettes to youth.

About 443,000 people die in early age due to smoking or being exposed to secondhand smoke every year and around 8.6 million suffer from a serious medical condition because of smoking, according to CDC.

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