Texas e-cigarette regulations help protect youth from tobacco addiction

http://youtu.be/jUjUt9RZdns The Texas Legislature has passed regulations that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to youth under age 18. These regulations are an important step in protecting kids and teens from e-cigarettes and tobacco addiction, says Ernest Hawk, M.D., vice president of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Recent data indicate significant growth in the use of e-cigarettes among teens. Hawk and other tobacco experts at MD Anderson are concerned that this may lead to a future generation of tobacco users. “E-cigarettes are fundamentally designed to deliver nicotine, a highly addictive substance which can be detrimental to developing adolescent brains and has the potential to lead to future tobacco use,” Hawk says. “Therefore, this legislation may also assist efforts across Texas in reducing future tobacco use, as most adult smokers started their habitual use as children.” Learn more about e-cigarettes and other tobacco products used to target youth: http://www2.mdanderson.org/cancerwise/2013/11/cigarettes-cigarillos-and-hookah-latest-tobacco-trends-target-youth.html Learn about MD Anderson's EndTobacco® program: http://www.mdanderson.org/publications/conquest/issues/2014-summer/conquest-summer-2014-the-beginning-of-end-tobacco.html Request an appointment at MD Anderson: https://www4.mdanderson.org/contact/selfreferral/index.cfm #endcancer
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