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.