E-Cigarettes: One Dead In New York and 'Vape' Is the Word of the Year

December 29, 2014 5:01 PM

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It doesn't matter how old you are, it's no secret that e-cigarettes are hot right now. In fact, Oxford dictionaries recently named "vape" as its word of the year for 2014. And while smokers-turned-vapers tout e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to cigarettes despite lacking medical data to back that up, there's a demographic being exposed to the liquid nicotine products for no good reason: children. I'm not just talking about the teenagers you hear about experimenting with vaping, I'm talking about toddlers getting into the stuff that isn't in a safe package or a safe place. This liquid nicotine that fills e-cigs smells sweet, tastes sweet and comes in candy-like wrappers.

Teens are exposed in unique ways, too. In my experience, teens are a key target market for e-cig advertisers and are perfect prey for nicotine addiction. Teens can get confused when hearing about the possible health benefits (harm reduction) in adults wanting to quit an old habit and they confuse or...

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