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E-Cigarettes possible gateway for teens

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

New research says that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Out of 2,500 14-year-olds who had never tried tobacco products, almost one third tried cigars or cigarettes within the first six months of the study.

An Albany vapor shop employee doesn't think the study makes sense, but public health officials are concerned about the effects e-cigarettes could have on teens.

"There are some concerns that electronic cigarettes are more so a gateway to actual cigarettes verses a deterrent from using cigarettes and other tobacco products," said Ebonee Kirkwood, a Tobacco Prevention Coordinator.

Kirkwood also said that e-cigarettes contain some harmful ingredients and the use of them among middle and high school students has tripled within the last year.

Officials are concerned that e-cigarettes could be a gateway for teens to start using other harmful tobacco products.

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