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U-M poll finds use of e-cigarettes by kids a big concern for many adults

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The latest University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health (NPCH) finds that 44 percent of adults fear the use of e-cigarettes may lead kids to try actual tobacco products. 65 percent of adults surveyed feel e-cigarettes should come with health warnings, as is true of other nicotine and tobacco products.

Filled with nicotine and supplemented with flavors that include fruit and chocolate, e-cigarettes are battery powered. Their popularity has grown, and some advocates claim that the products help smokers quit, but there is no regulation over their sale to minors in 24 states, including Michigan, where legislation is pending.

In a story published today to the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) website, Matthew M. Davis M.D., M.A.P.P., and director of the NPCH, is quoted in part as saying, “E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, with little information about safety or long-term health effects. However, the public is clearly aware of the devices and concerned about their impact, according to this month’s poll results.” Dr. Davis further explains in an accompanying UMHS video.

Read the complete NPCH report, which has many other details, and stay current with the National Poll on Children's Health on Facebook and Twitter. Also visit C.S. Mott Children's Hospital's "Hail to the Little Victors" blog, filled with medical information, patient spotlights, and more.

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