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Local Tobacco Prevention Leaders React To New Study On Teens and E-Cigs

BEND, OR -- A new study by the Centers for Disease Control has found that e-cigarette use has tripled among middle and high school students. In 2013, 4 percent of teens admitted to using e-cigarettes. Now 13 percent of the students use them.

 

Penny Pritchard, the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Deschutes County, tells KBND News, "It's not surprising given what we're seeing. In 2011-2013, we've seen use in Oregon double, so it's not surprisng due to our lack of regulations across the state. With the current lack of regulation, places that sell them to kids are getting access to these."

 

Deschutes County Commissioners are looking at possibly banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but they are trying to reach consensus with nearby cities before going forward.

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