Surgeon general issues stern warning against e-cigarettes


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    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams delivered a decisive blow to the makers of e-cigarettes Tuesday, calling out the product as dangerous, addictive and disturbingly deceptive.

    Often the devices are shaped like USB drives, going unnoticed by parents and teachers.

    Nearly a year ago, 7 On Your Side was the first to report on these devices and the emerging trend of "Juuling." Juul is the brand name that kids tend to use generically when referring to e-cigarettes.

    Adams says the use of e-cigarettes among 12th graders has doubled in the past year, and they've never seen the use of any substance by America's young people rise this rapidly. Adams called on everyone to help protect young people from tobacco products — especially these new, vaporized delivery systems — and for parents and teachers to learn about the different types and shapes of devices and talk to kids about the dangers.

    ABC7's Lisa Fletcher has more in the video above.

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