Texas E-Cigarette LawyerJanuary 8, 2016 — As the use of e-cigarettes by children and teenagers soars, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning that pervasive ad campaigns are targeting young people.

The CDC said e-cigarette use among American middle and high school students jumped to 13.4% in 2014, up from 4.5% in 2013. Cigarette use fell from 12.7% to 9.2% over the same period.

According to the CDC Vital Signs report, about 2.4 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2014. About 69% of the students (18 million) were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements.

The agency warned that most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which causes addition and may harm brain development. Studies show that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Even nicotine-free e-cigarettes could pose safety risks for young people — toxic flavoring chemicals and carcinogens like formaldehyde have been all been detected in vaping liquids and e-cigarettes.

A recent study by researchers at Harvard found that 39 out of 51 (76%) of flavored e-cigarettes contained diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to lung disease. The e-cigarettes came in candy, fruit, and cocktail flavors that might appeal to children.

In June 2014, another analysis of 159 sweet-flavored e-cigarettes found that 74% of products contained diacetyl or acetyl propionyl. About half of the e-cigarettes contained more than the daily occupational exposure limit for the chemicals.

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