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E-cigarette use on the rise in teens

Updated: Friday, March 7 2014, 08:12 AM EST

Rochester, N.Y. -- The American Medical Association released a study that says use of electronic cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage conventional cigarette use among U.S. adolescents.

"It's certainly cooler," said Scott McIntosh, director of the Greater Rochester Area Tobacco Cessation Center. "There's a lot of appeal to this new product that word on the street, or word of mouth, is that it's safe."

The National Youth Tobacco Survey revealed e-cigarette use has doubled from 2011 to 2012 to nearly 7 percent for teens in grades 6 to 12.

The study also said use of e-cigarettes was associated with higher odds of smoking once, and established smoking.

Mark Sullivan, owner of Rochester Vapor, said he disagrees with this study and said "vaping" is the only method that helped him quit after smoking for 30 years.

"They're sick of it. They're sick of smoking and they want to try something different and a lot of them are having real good luck with it," said Sullivan. "For me, it's about getting people off of smokes."

Though it did help Sullivan to quit, McIntosh said there isn't enough research or FDA regulation to recommend it as a quitting method, or to even prove that it works.

"If cigarettes someday are simply clean nicotine delivered in a water vapor, or a vapor that is demonstrated to be safe, they could be used as a smoking cessation device, but we're a long way from that," said McIntosh.

E-cigarette use on the rise in teens

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