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Ask the Doctor: Teens & E-Cigarettes

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According to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health, students who have used electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year. E-cigarettes send nicotine to the lungs by heating a liquid solution that contains nicotine and other chemicals to produce an aerosol that the user inhales, a process often called "vaping."

There is no government oversight of these products, so there are hundreds of brands and thousands of flavors of e-cigarettes are on the market, all without an FDA evaluation determining what’s in them. However, early studies show that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and also may have other harmful chemicals, including carcinogens.

If you have questions about e-cigarettes call tonight’s Ask the Doctor lines. Karen Wagner is a Registered Nurse with Renown Medical Group Pediatrics. She can not only answer your questions about e-cigarettes, but she has tips to help your kids quit. If you have questions, call Wagner at 858-2222 between 5 p.m and 6 p.m. tonight. 

To speak with a medical professional after hours, call (775) 982-5000.

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