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E-Cigarette Use Up Among Teens

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Nationwide and across Montana, fewer teens are using cigarettes.

Instead, many have turned to e-cigarettes, a trend that is causing alarm among many health professionals.

E-cigarettes are currently not regulated by the federal government and experts say there haven't been enough studies to determine the health impacts.

Officials with the Flathead City County Health Department say e-cigarettes can be especially appealing to young people for a several reasons, including the variety of flavors that make them easier for first time smokers than traditional cigarettes.

"That first inhalation of a cigarette, your first try, your body reacts negatively, you hack you cough some people get sick, it's a violent reaction, with e-cigarettes that doesn't happen. It's very smooth, it's flavorful, it's very easy for youth to use those and get introduced to a lifetime addiction,” said Flathead County Health Promotions Director Leslie Diede.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 90 percent of adult smokers started smoking before 18.

Help quitting is available through the Montana Quit Line: https://montana.quitlogix.org/

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