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More Teens Turning to Tobacco Alternatives
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on November 15, 2013 @ 6:03PM
Created on November 15, 2013 @ 5:05PM

Fewer young people are smoking cigarettes, but the bad news is that more are turning to other tobacco products, such as hookahs or E-cigarettes.

According to the centers for disease control, the push to lower prices for these products, and their increased availability have made teens feel like they're the safer alternatives to cigarettes.

This also includes the little ones that look like cigarettes but cost a lot less, and come in candy flavors.

Local health officials are worried because they are not regulated, and kids aren't aware of the health risks.

"Kids get access to them, they market them in flavors like chocolate, and strawberry, thing that appeal to children. It's become a trend with
children and they just think it's a great thing to do, and like I said they think it's a safe alternative to cigarettes and it's not." said Tricia Julian Fairmont General Hospital Program Coordinator for Oncology.

Federal officials have said they intend to regulate these productions, and limit the sales to minors.

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