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The Worth of E-Cigarettes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual youth tobacco survey, the use of electronic cigarettes has tripled among middle and high school students in the last year.

E-cigs, which create a nicotine vapor to inhale, came on the market in 2006 and are more popular among the youth than conventional cigarettes. According to the survey, 2.5 million teenagers are using e-cigarettes.

Of the high school students surveyed, 13 percent said they’d tried e-cigs, whereas 9 percent said they’d been using traditional cigarettes–a sharp decline from the years past.

Although they are a safer alternative to tobacco, electronic cigarettes still pose a potential threat to one’s health, and, thus, raise the question: are they really worth it?

by Michael Zhang’17



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