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REPORT: E-cigs pose health threat to youth

A new report shows young adults are using e-cigarettes at an alarming rate even though it's illegal to sell the products to anyone under 18 in Georgia. (Source: WALB) A new report shows young adults are using e-cigarettes at an alarming rate even though it's illegal to sell the products to anyone under 18 in Georgia. (Source: WALB)
DPH Director Remy Hutchins (Source: WALB) DPH Director Remy Hutchins (Source: WALB)
The health department says 25 percent of adults in Dougherty County use tobacco and 90 percent of them started as teens. (Source: WALB) The health department says 25 percent of adults in Dougherty County use tobacco and 90 percent of them started as teens. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A health watch from the U.S. surgeon general.

A new report shows young adults are using e-cigarettes at an alarming rate even though it's illegal to sell the products to anyone under 18 in Georgia.

Public health workers say e-cigs contain nicotine that can damage the developing adolescent brain.

"They think that they are a safer alternative to traditional products such as smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco and things like that but the evidence shows in this report that it's not a safe alternative," DPH Director Remy Hutchins.

The health department says 25 percent of adults in Dougherty County use tobacco and 90 percent of them started as teens.

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