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Youth e-cigarette use rising; heart group calls for regulation
Youth e-cigarette use rising; heart group calls for regulation

Are electronic cigarettes a bridge to help people quit smoking or a gateway to start smoking young? Either way, a leading heart health organization says it’s high time that federal laws prohibit the sale of these devices to minors, and it recommends that e-cigarettes be regulated along with traditional combustible cigarettes. Smoking rates in the U.S. have dropped steadily over the last several decades, but e-cigarette use is on the rise. The battery-powered, pen-sized devices, which release nicotine-laced water vapor instead of smoke, are escaping the regulatory scrutiny that traditional light-a-match cigarettes receive, says the American Heart Assn. “E-cigarette use and...

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