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Health officials warn of e-cigarette use among teens

September 22, 2018

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.”

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