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E-Cigarettes Should Be a Last Resort to Quit Smoking, Doctors Say

The American Heart Association's new policy statement addressed their dangers

E-cigarettes should be outlawed for minors and only be used as a last resort to quit smoking, the American Heart Association says in a new policy statement. And the Food and Drug Administration should hurry up and regulate them, the group says.

New research shows that teens are not using e-cigarettes to quit. 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 and reinforces the argument that vaping can be a gateway to nicotine addiction. “Over the last 50 years…

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