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Officials Warn Minors About Using E-Cigarette
They're popping up everywhere and some stores say they can't keep the battery powered cigarettes on shelves.
"It's been a craze for a while it's just becoming a bigger craze," Billijo Freesmeyer told us. She manages the Discount Tobacco store on Wabash Avenue.
She says business is booming. This is causing major issues for the American Lung Association.
"We need to really encourage the FDA to regulate these as soon as possible," Kathy Drea said. The cigarette alternative can be used by minors in Illinois.
The CDC estimates 1.78 million middle and high school students have tried e-cigarettes. Kathy Drea says that comes from glamorized advertising.
"They're using beautiful sexy women. They're using young celebrities. They're already sponsoring race cars and other sporting events," Drea said.
"You have to be 18 to buy electronic cigarettes anyway," Freesmeyer told us. She doesn't allow minors to step in her store.
Although the product is not regulated, she says she won't sell to minors. Neither are the owners at Triple Vapors.
Niki Castleman says all of her electronic cigarettes have nicotine in them. "The addiction comes to nicotine comes from cigarettes. Gas stations don't sell it to kids under 18, it's just something we kind of stand by too," Castleman said.
She says if her store was to sell to minors, they could make major profits. Even with knowing this, she says the addiction is not worth it.
"I have children. I wouldn't want my kids to be able to walk in to some place that could potentially addict them to nicotine," Castleman told us.