Flavored E-Cigarettes Create Serious Problems For Kids

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Flavored E-Cigarettes Create Serious Problems For Kids

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 6:39 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

(Duluth, MN -Northland's NewsCenter) Electronic cigarette devices, called e-cigs, in flavors like bubblegum, popcorn, fudge and cookie dough, are becoming more popular with kids, according to the campaign for tobacco-free kids.

It may seem innocent, but cigarette addiction and kids is a serious matter.

Barbara Reyelts has the story for Connect with kids.

A black belt in martial arts, Lavale usually doesn't have much trouble kicking his opponents, but kicking the smoking habit was a struggle.

"Cigarettes are actually addictive you know and I never knew that I could be so dependent on a product that I know would kill me, but it's just there that addiction is just right there."

A study of published in the British medical journal says that kids show addiction-like symptoms within days of their first cigarette.

You need to understand that if your child begins smoking cigarettes you're only talking a few cigarettes or even a few hours or days before they begin to become dependent on that cigarette to feel okay.

Lavale tried his first smoke when he was thirteen-years old.

Lavale "I mean so horrible the taste was horrible. The way my body reacted to it was horrible."

Even so, he was quickly hooked.

"Every day I pick up a pack drop one-as soon as my pack was finished. I gotta run to the store and get another one-I was actually addicted to this."

Lavale battled with his addiction for three years, but his discipline in martial arts helped him beat the odds and quit.

Other kids aren't so tough.

"So parents need to understand that this may not be a phase. This may not be something that they're gonna grow out of, it may be the beginning of a life long habit."

Margolis says that parents must have the "smoking talk" with kids as young as eight, nine and ten-years-old.

Waiting much longer, could be playing with fire.