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Flavored vapes lure teens into smoking and nicotine addiction, study shows

The vape epidemic is still blowing up.

There were 1.5 million more middle school and high school students using e-cigarettes in 2018 than in 2017, research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine published on Friday showed, as the teen vaping trend continues. Young people’s attraction to vapes — which have been marketed as an alternative to traditional smoking for adults — has to do largely with the fruity flavors they come in, the study found.

“The review shows that e-cigarette flavors appear to motivate e-cigarette and smoking initiation among youth,” said Adam Goldstein, director of UNC Tobacco Intervention Programs and an author of the study.

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