E-cigarettes are dangerous, too

The surgeon general’s latest report should spur state and local action

By Drs. Karen Hacker and Lawrence R. John

Last week, the surgeon general issued a report on the hazards of electronic cigarettes, the first of its kind. Of particular note is that e-cigarette use has increased 900 percent among youths nationwide over the past five years.

In Allegheny County, according to a Pennsylvania survey, 25 percent of 10th-graders and 28 percent of 12th-graders smoke e-cigarettes compared to a range statewide of 20 percent to 27 percent.


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ACHD.net – View/download Public comments and health department responses PDF, opens in new window to regulations pertaining to the use of e-cigarettes.



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