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Is e-cigarette usage on the rise?

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Air date: September 29, 2013

Host: Barbara Lewis

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Interview: Neal Benowitz, M.D., chief, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, UCSF.

According to a recent study by the CDC , e-cigarette usage is rising among middle and high school students . E-cigarettes function as vaporizers that heat a nicotine solution and allow smokers to inhale a vapor, eliminating the harmful chemicals emitted by tobacco. The vapors come in over 200 flavors, including ones like cotton candy and orange cream soda that are attractive to kids. Neal Benowitz, M.D., discusses the potential ramifications of e-cigarette usage in teens, the long-term effects of usage, and potential FDA regulation.

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