E-Cigarettes Should Be a Last Resort: Heart Group

Electronic Cigarettes
AP

E-cigarettes should be outlawed for minors and only be used as a last resort to quit smoking, the American Heart Association (AHA) says in a new policy statement.

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Monday shows more than 263,000 middle-and high-schoolers who had never smoked before tried e-cigarettes in 2013. That's triple the number from 2011 — up 300 percent from 2011.

The latest research reinforces the argument that vaping can be a gateway to nicotine addiction, the AHA says.

The group is calling on the the Food and Drug Administration to hurry up and regulate them. 

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