Teens see e-cigarettes as safe

01/24/2014 7:10 AM

01/23/2014 3:51 PM

Re "E-cigarettes: A new vice ensnares adolescents” (Forum, Jan. 19): Shawn Hubler wrote an excellent article on e-cigarettes. As a health teacher at the secondary level, I am well aware of what teenagers are thinking. The bad news is that the e-cigarettes makers have done an excellent job of marketing their product to teenagers, and teens think that they are safe. The reality of e-cigarettes is that they contain nicotine, and, regardless of the delivery system, nicotine has nothing but negative consequences on the body. With that said, e-cigarettes should be regulated like any other tobacco product. The bad news is that it is a $1.7 billion industry, and the lobbyists for the tobacco industry will do everything in their power to keep that regulation at bay.

-- Raymond J. Cavanagh, EL Dorado Hills

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