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Minors might be smoking Electronic Cigarettes

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Nicotine is bad for your health, highly addictive, and might be available to your children.

"E-Cigarettes" are advertised as a better alternative to smoking because the nicotine is delivered through vapor, not smoke. Some cities have put age limits on buying the product, but the cities of Kennewick, Richland and Pasco have not.

And that has health officials and some parents worried.

"Here you have an addictive product in the market, just as addictive as coke or heroin, and it's unregulated," says Larry Jecha of the Benton Franklin Health District.

"Think of all the years we teach our children not to smoke, now they could institute something that's considered safe smoking in their eyes," says concerned parent Tom Hewitt.

We spoke with several high school principals who say they haven't seen any evidence that teenagers are taking advantage of the legal loophole.

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