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E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among teens: Study

Jun 17, 2014 12:59 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that there has been an increase in phone calls to poison control centers in the U.S. related to the use of electronic cigarettes. (Photo : Joseph Morris)

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular with teenagers and young adults because of the variety of flavors - peppermint, chocolate, cinnamon, apple and so many more.

A study found that 15-year-olds were the most likely, out of 30 million Europeans who smoked, to consume e-cigarettes.

"The number of e-cigarette brands sold on the Internet is large and the variety of flavors staggering," Dr. Shu-Hong Zhu, of the University of California, San Diego, department of family and preventive medicine, and colleagues said.

E-cigarettes is a fast-growing business at the moment. The investigators analyzed online English language websites marketing e-cigarettes between May to August 2012 and again between December 2013 to January 2014. Of the 288 new e-cigarette brands identified during the first search, 37 had disappeared by the second search. The second search did, however, find another 215 new brands.

Nearly all brands of e-cigarettes offered menthol and tobacco flavors, the study authors noted. Other popular flavors included fruit, dessert/candy, alcohol/drinks and snacks/meals.

About 10 percent of older and newer e-cigarette brands made direct claims that the products can help smokers quit, Zhu and colleagues said in a journal news release.

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