Health experts: teens using e-cigarettes to get high


Many people know the dangers of smoking cigarettes, and a popular craze among various demographics is concerning health officials.

E-cigeretts are devices that typically contain nicotine, but many battery powered ones can vaporize other substances which includes marijuana.

On Monday a survey was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association showing nearly 1 in 11 or roughly two million middle and high school students in the U.S. have used the devices for pot. 

22News went to Buckeye Brothers Smoke Shop in Springfield’s South End, where they sell e-cigarettes and we found out what their protocol is for selling these devices.

In Springfield the legal age to purchase tobacco products was raised to 21 earlier this year.. and legal recreational marijuana shops haven’t opened just yet.

“The only place I know they’re available are the medicinal outlets, so obviously they’re getting it from there or someone is buying it for them,” said owner Dacid Glantz. “Just gonna have to be more stringent on the rules of who’s buying it.”

According to the survey five of the largest e-cigarette makers were recently given 60 days to produce a plan to stop underage use of their products.

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