Electronic cigarettes is gaining popularity among teenagers.

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Growth of electronic cigarettes worries FDA

October 15, 2018 - 4:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Food and Drug Administration is quite concerned about a survey which has shown a dramatic rise in the use of electronic cigarettes by teens. 

The major concern is that over the years there has been a decline in the use of tobacco among middle school and high school students, but the emergence of electronic cigarettes has been marked by explosive growth. 

The FDA is not pulling any punches. 

They have called the use of electronic cigarettes by teens an epidemic, and they believe there needs to be a comprehensive effort to slow this pace. 

One of the steps they have taken is to send out warning letters and complaints to retailers who have been found to have illegally sold electronic cigarette products to minors, and there is a nationwide undercover operation targeting businesses that do this. 

Despite warnings, there are still many people who do not recognize the danger and addictive potential of the cigarettes.