According to a recent study, approximately 10% of all High School students, and 3% of Middle School students, in the U.S. use an electronic cigarette. Some believe that this is a better substitute for real cigarettes, however the e-cigarettes still contain the addictive drug nicotine in them. Also, the fact that some e-cigarettes have flavors such as chocolate or mint, just makes them more addictive. This is really a bad thing because smoking e-cigarettes can lead to smoking real cigarettes. Lung disease was the ranked at number 3 of the causes of death in the U.S. Also, the fact that the FDA doesn’t regulate the e-cigarettes is really messed up. I believe that there should be an age limit on smoking, like alcohol. I mean, if alcohol has an age restriction, why doesn’t smoking. I know that there is an age restriction to purchasing cigarettes, but there isn’t one for actually smoking them. Smoking kills people, not just the people who smoke them, but people are near others who smoke are at risk of inhaling the smoke and developing a lung disease. Second-Hand smoking kills, on average, 45,300 non-smokers every year in the United States alone.(http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/secondhand-smoke). Alcohol doesn’t kill a lot of people. What I mean by that is that just drinking alcohol won’t really kill you, it’s just what people after consumption of alcohol that will kill you or others. If you smoke, then you probably will get some kind of cancer, such as Lung or breast cancer. You could also develop heart disease. Okay, I think I might have gone a little off topic there, so back to the issue. Teens who use e-cigarettes think that they won’t get sick because they aren’t smoking real cigarettes, but the e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is the drug in real cigarettes. Another thing that is kind of messed up is the fact that some e-cigarettes are flavored to taste like chocolate or mint or some crazy taste. This will probably lead more teens to smoking them. If teens start smoking e-cigarettes, then they might want try real cigarettes. That would be a real problem.
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Rogers, Abby. “The Top 10 Causes Of Death In The United States.” Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 05 Dec. 2011. Web. 29 May 2014.