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Journal Gazette: E-cigarettes shift smoking progress

Andrea Whitaker“The younger they are starting, the higher chance they have for becoming addicted,” Andrea Whitaker said.

The increased popularity of e-cigarettes has reversed years of progress by educators, parents and doctors to turn young people away from nicotine, local health experts said.

Manufacturers of products such as Juul and VaporFi tout them as cleaner alternatives to cigarettes, but they still contain nicotine – in sometimes higher doses than would be delivered through smoking.

Andrea Whitaker, a Manchester University pharmacist, said the substance can lead to problems including high blood pressure and can affect a part of the brain responsible for complex behaviors such as planning and personality. Adolescents also are more likely to become addicted, she said.

“The younger they are starting, the higher chance they have for becoming addicted,” Whitaker said.
Federal researchers found the devices are popular because they can be used discreetly – many can be concealed in the palm of a hand – and because of “appealing fruit and candy flavors.”

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November 2018