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Scary new stats about e-cigarettes: A new survey by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that e-cigarette use has doubled among U.S. teens, rising from 4.7 percent of high school students in 2011 to 10 percent in 2012.
So what’s the big deal? E-cigarettes might seem harmless—they’re not actually cigarettes, right?—but what’s in them is totally unknown. A study of electronic cigarette samples by the FDA uncovered the same toxic chemicals used in antifreeze. Not something you want to put in your body, right?
E-cigarettes could also contain nicotine, even if the company claims it’s “nicotine free.” And nicotine is the chemical found in tobacco that makes it super addictive—not something to take lightly.
Then there are the “fun and fruity” flavors that e-cigarette companies make, which sound almost innocent. But a recent study found that many e-cigarettes have cancer-causing chemicals and toxins in the vapor you inhale.
Getting comfortable smoking these e-cigarettes also can be a major problem—doctors see using e-cigarettes as a possible step toward smoking regular cigarettes. That’s a road not worth going down—cigarette smoking causes 90 percent of all lung cancers!
Do you have a friend using e-cigarettes? Let her know there’s no proof they’re safe—and it’s not a good idea for her to risk her health finding out.