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E-cigs continue to have devastating impacts on young people

WNYT Staff
Created: November 15, 2019 07:50 PM

The Centers for Disease Control says e-cigarettes or vaping products have now contributed to more than 2,000 cases of lung injury.

As flavored tobacco products continue to make headlines, a new study looks into their impact.

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This is a story that NewsChannel 13 has covered closely for months now.

This new study looks at people between the ages of 12 and 25.

Researchers found despite the type of tobacco product used, if a young person first used a flavored product, they were more likely to continue using tobacco one year later.

Doctors recommend parents talk to their children up-front about the dangers of trying flavored tobacco products.

"It's good for them to have a conversation with their kids about the dangers of smoking and even things that can sound appealing - like something that has a sweet flavor, or like a fruit flavor - can be attractive to them, so they have to be careful about those products, do whatever they can to educate them not to use them," said Dr. Humberto Choi from Cleveland Clinic.

Experts are looking to put policies in place in the hopes of curbing the availability of flavored tobacco products to young people.


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