Health officials warn of e-cigarette use among teens
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Health officials in Vermont are warning parents that teens are becoming addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes.
Ann Gilbert, director of the Central Vermont New Directions Coalition, tells the Times Argus “a number of young people” are using electronic cigarettes who would not normally smoke a regular cigarette.
Respiratory therapist Sarah Cosgrove says e-cigarette flavors such as Swedish fish, cotton candy and bubble gum appeal to young people.
Rutland High School principal Bill Olsen says e-cigarettes have become a problem in schools because the devices are small and easy to conceal.
Gilbert says many teens who use e-cigarettes tell her they didn’t know how much nicotine they were exposed to.
Cosgrove says parents and teachers must educate themselves to “prevent that next generation of nicotine addiction.”