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Your Healthy Family: E-cigarette exposure

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18-million middle and high schoolers are exposed to advertisements for e-cigarettes. 
It's a statistic the government says is helping fuel a rapid rise of e-cigarette use among teens.
The Centers for Disease Control reports e-cigarette ads are found in many places - stores, online, and on television. 
Data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco survey shows nearly 70-percent of middle and high school students said they've seen the marketing, which appears to work well. 
E-cigarettes use a vapor to deliver a hit of nicotine. The CDC's director says the chemical can be harmful to the developing teen brain.
"There is an increasing amount of evidence that when an adolescent brain is exposed to nicotine, it changes the wiring of the brain in long-term or even permanent ways that can be very damaging and problematic in terms of addiction, tobacco, and other cognitive problems," said Tom Frieden, MD - CDC Director. 
E-cigarette use went from about 1-percent of high school students in 2011 to more than 13-percent by 2014.
The FDA is expected to regulate e-cigarettes, but those regulations have not yet been announced.

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