LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - According to the Centers for Disease Control, the use of electronic cigarettes among middle and high school students doubled in 2012.
The CDC said nearly two million students admitted using e-cigarettes in 2012. Of those,160,000 said they had never tried smoking before.
IU Health Arnett Dr. Mazen Alakhras said e-cigarettes use a battery to convert liquid nicotine, flavoring, and other chemicals into a vapor.
He said that vapor includes a chemical found in antifreeze.
"To change to a vapor, it has to include that antifreeze in it," said Alakhras. "So, we are inhaling part of antifreeze, and we don't know if the long-term effect of that is safe or not."
Alakhras said there is no evidence to show if long term use is dangerous or not because e-cigarettes are not FDA regulated. He said that could also be a big reason as to why the cigarettes are so popular among teens.
"A lot of teenagers are buying now, because there are no restrictions. They're not considered cigarettes, so they can buy them," said Alakhras. "They're not that cheap. They're at least probably $40 to $60, and they are using them as a habit now to simulate cigarettes."
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