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E-cigarettes are a public health issue

November 27, 2018 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Let me be as blunt as I possibly can: Much like cigarettes are a major health problem and have been for decades, the emergence of electronic cigarettes is going to lead to huge health issues. 

I am aware there are those who defend and market electronic cigarettes by saying that they may be less harmful than traditional cigarettes, but the reality is stating that something is less harmful than cigarettes is like saying drowning in 10 feet of water is better than drowning in 20 feet of water. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is worried. It stated a use of electronic cigarettes spiked almost 80 percent among high school students and 50 percent among middle school students in the past year alone. 

What this means is 3.6 million teens are reporting current e-cigarette use. This is a public health issue.