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Growing concerns about the use of electronic cigarettes

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The use of electronic cigarettes continues to be a concern prompting the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to issue a warning. One of the biggest concerns is e-cigarettes are not regulated except they cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18. 

Exploding into the market place about ten years ago there are questions about the health and safety of electronic cigarettes. "There is no idea we know what's in there. We have no idea what the long term health effects of these things are. Second hand vapor, we don't know what's in that so I would recommend highly to stay away from them," questioned Frank Rozan, prevention officer for the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department.

The State Department of Public Health and Human Services reports 50% of Montana high school students have tried e-cigarettes, commonly referred to as vaping. 30% of those students continue to vape. Rozan said parents should be on high alert. He said, "They can be manipulated into a drug delivery device such as using them to vaporize marijuana or a new product on the market called dabs."

The Department of Health also reports calls to the Poison Control Center increased to more than 3,000 in 2015. The most alarming part is the majority of those calls involved children under the age of five.

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