E-Cig Use Triples in Adolescents
The number of middle and high school students who say they've used e-cigarettes has tripled in just one year, according to new research that underscores health experts' fears about the growing popularity of these nicotine delivery devices among adolescents. No federal restriction of e-cigarette sales to minors currently exists. The products have enjoyed advertisement on television and radio, as well as celebrity endorsements -- a fact that Edwin Salsitz, MD, a chemical dependency expert at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, said may be responsible for the growing popularity among adolescents. "Becoming physically dependent on nicotine is not benign for anyone but certainly not benign for an adolescent developing brain," Salsitz said.
-Dr. Edwin Salsitz, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Division of Chemical Dependency, Mount Sinai Beth Israel