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New Products Similar to E-Cigarettes are Attracting Teens


A growing number of teens are starting to use devices that are similar to e-cigarettes, with names such as “hookah pens,” “e-hookahs” or “vape pens.” The devices are being marketed to avoid the stigma associated with smoking any kind of cigarette, The New York Times reports.

The new devices are colorful and come in candy flavors, but are otherwise almost identical to e-cigarettes, according to the article. Like e-cigarettes, they have nicotine and other chemicals, which are unregulated.

Health officials say surveys about e-cigarette use generally don’t ask about these other products, so they may be greatly underestimating how many people are using e-cigarettes and similar devices. They say teens appear to view e-cigarettes and e-hookahs as being different products, even though they are basically the same. Many young people say they are not interested in using e-cigarettes, but have tried hookah pens, vape pens or e-hookahs.

Emily Anne McDonald of the University of California, San Francisco, who is studying e-cigarette use among young people, told the newspaper that the lack of information about nicotine-vapor products was creating a vacuum “so that young adults are getting information from marketing and from each other. We need to understand what people are calling these before we send out large surveys,” she said. Otherwise the responses are not accurate, “and then you’re back to the beginning.”

Critics of e-cigarettes say secondhand vapor is a pollutant, and e-cigarettes can get more people addicted to nicotine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon propose rules on regulating e-cigarettes. The FDA is expected to consider e-cigarettes as tobacco products, which will allow the agency to provide the same federal oversight that applies to cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigarette tobacco, and roll-your-own tobacco. E-cigarettes could be subjected to the same requirements for disclosure of ingredients, manufacturing quality and restrictions on sales to minors that apply to regular cigarettes.

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4 Responses to this article

  1. Chicago Electronic Cigarette / June 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

    The reality of the situation is that there are sure things that we should not would in the event that we like to think that it less hard to desert smoking totally. It is exceptionally vital that we observe these things. When we get them off the beaten path, our brains will be clear in the matter of what doesn’t work.

  2. Avatar of chad
    chad / March 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    You can call them whatever you want. Ecigs, E cigarettes, hookah pens, whatever. The facts are you can’t keep them out of the hands of kids. It’s no different the tobacco products. Teenagers are going to get their hands on whatever they want. The most important thing is to not market towards these kids. In regards to not sure whats in the vapors and all this stuff. I’ve personally visit V2 Cigs labs where they have been bottling up vapors for some time and sending them out for testing. Studies are being done and no matter how you look at e cigarettes they still can’t be worse then tobacco cigarettes or tobacco smoke. I think everyone can agree with that.

  3. darlene cannaday / March 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Since there is ongoing research, we really do not know if it is better than cigarette smoke. Cgarettes have over 60 differnt chemicals in them. I am sure there are several chemicals in the E-cig vapor. It is illegal to sell cigarettes to teens. Is it illegal to sell E- cigs to teens? If it isn’t, it should be.

  4. darlene cannaday / March 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    There are 60 differnt chemicals in cigarettes. I am sure there are several chemicals in E-cigs vapor/smoke. It is illegal to sell cigarettes to teens. Is it illegal to sell E-cigs? If not, it should be.

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