LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - E-cigarettes have become so popular, they are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among teens in the United States. More than 2 million middle and high-schoolers are using electronic cigarettes.
A new study is showing teens who vape are exposed to three times the toxic chemicals as those who do not. The Journal Pediatrics study found that many of the chemicals found in the e-cigs are found in traditional cigarettes and even chemical weapons.
Doctors at Mayo Clinic Health System say that young people are at a higher risk from the e-cigarettes and that there is a common misconception surrounding them.
"We know that there's a lot of misconceptions out there about how safe is vaping or e-cigarettes, in other words. We're concerned that adolescents may view these as a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes when the truth is to the contrary," said Mayo Clinic consultant pediatrician Dr. Charlie Peters.
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